Ramboll, Arup & TEC consortium wins 114 million Euro consultancy contract for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel

23 March 2017

Ramboll, Arup and TEC have won the tender for client consultancy on the upcoming Fehmarnbelt fixed link between Denmark and Germany. The 18km combined road and rail link will be the longest immersed tunnel in the world.


From left to right:
Sandra Akmansoy : Ove Arup & Partners International
Hans de Wit : Managing Director Tunnel Engineering Consultants
Søren Brøndum : Executive Director, Transport Rambøll
Jens Peter Saul : CEO Rambøll
Claus Flyng Baunkjaer : CEO Femern A/S
Henrik Christensen : Technical Director Femern A/S

The Ramboll-Arup-TEC consortium is to continue as the principal consultant for Femern A/S, who is responsible for designing and planning the fixed link between Denmark and Germany. The consortium has collaborated on the design of the immersed tunnel since April 2009 and has now won the bid for client consultancy. The Fehmarnbelt tunnel will be one the largest construction projects in Danish history with an overall contract period of 15 years and an estimated value of 114 million Euro.

With more than 30,000 employees between them, the Ramboll-Arup-TEC joint venture is one of the leading tunnelling consultants in the world, and their track record includes landmark infrastructure projects such as the Øresund Tunnel in Denmark the City Tunnel in Malmö in Sweden, the Medway Tunnel in England, as well as underground systems in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
Over 70 highly professional employees can look forward to being engaged full-time on the project in its construction phase, contributing approximately one million work hours for the entire joint venture.

TEC, the permanent joint venture between Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos, will have a dedicated team on-site to oversee the project’s progress, review the work methods and detailed designs, and assist the client on all other technical matters so as to ensure a safe, durable and sustainable connection between Denmark and Germany.

“It is great to have won the Client Consultancy Contract where we could continue to provide our services to such a prestigious project like the Fehmarnbelt link,” says Hans de Wit, Managing Director of Tunnel Engineering Consultants. “The project fits perfectly in our TEC tradition in serving clients in challenging tunnel projects like Øresund Tunnel in Denmark, the Busan Geoje Link in South Korea, the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macao Link in China and the North/South Metro in Amsterdam. With Ramboll and Arup we have an excellent track record in the design phase of this project and I am proud that we can continue this cooperation towards realization of this mega project”.

Hendrik Christensen, Technical Director of Femern A/S, agrees. “We have received a good and qualified offer from the Ramboll-Arup-TEC consortium. Choosing Ramboll-Arup-TEC for this project provides us with highly qualified client consultancy, especially when the construction project starts in earnest after the German regulatory approval.”

Facts about the Fehmarn fixed link
The total length of the tunnel is 18.1 km from tunnel mouth to tunnel mouth. This is approximately five times the length of the Øresund Tunnel and three times the length of the Transbay Tube in San Francisco, which is currently the longest immersed tunnel in the world. Motorists will be able to drive at speeds of 110 km/h in the tunnel and the journey will take around 10 minutes. For train passengers, the journey will last only 7 minutes from coast to coast.

Ramboll-Arup-TEC Joint Venture

  • Ramboll, Denmark
  • Arup, UK
  • TEC Tunnel Engineering Consultants, the Netherlands