On October 2 2012, Femern A/S commenced the process of prequalification of contracting companies, thereby giving the international construction industry access for the first time to detailed information about the further course of the project. Until 18 January 2013, interested companies were able to prepare their request for prequalification and to submit it to Femern A/S. The applications are currently being evaluated in detail in order to decide which companies will be prequalified and consequently invited to submit bids. The prequalified groups will be announced during spring 2013.
In April 2012 Femern A/S published a revised timetable for the immersed tunnel. The revision was necessary because the plan approval process for such a large cross-border construction project in both Denmark and Germany has proved to be even more complex than previously assumed.
In August 2011, Femern A/S prepared a revised construction estimate and timetable for the immersed tunnel. This was carried out as a consequence of the June 2011 decision to locate the tunnel production site at Rødbyhavn.
In June 2011, the Danish Parliament's Financial Committee extended the planning budget for the coast-to-coast section of the link, including the ramp and approach areas on land. Budget resources for works that were originally meant to occur only during the construction phase are thereby transferred already to the planning phase. Femern A/S has thus started to prepare tendering for the construction and to plan a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system that can monitor shipping during the construction phase.
The planning budget is EUR 376 million, whereas the construction estimate for the entire project from coast to coast including the ramp and approach areas on land accounts for EUR 5.5 billion (both 2008 prices). After 39 years, user fees will have compensated for these investment costs as well as for those into the Danish hinterland infrastructure. The coast-to-coast section of the link itself including the ramp and approach areas on land will be paid off after 33 years.
See Finance Committee’s Legal Document 149, 23 June 2011 (in Danish)
On 1 June 2011, Danish politicians agreed with Femern A/S’ recommendation, that the production site for the tunnel elements should be located at Rødbyhavn. The Rødbyhavn selection at this early point in the planning is a consequence of a new requirement from the EU. It demands that all crucial parts of the project, including production facilities, must be included as an integrated part in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the entire project.
In February 2011, the Danish politicians behind the project declared an immersed tunnel to be the preferred technical solution. The decision rests on the Femern A/S recommendation from November 2010.
In June 2010, the Danish Parliament's Financial Committee extended the planning budget for the coast-to-coast link from EUR 161 million to EUR 254 million. The extension provides for increased costs of approx. EUR 54 million and for carrying out activities earlier as planned in the process for approx. EUR 36 million.
See Finance Committee's Legal Document 140, 3 June 2010 (in Danish)
On 10 July 2009, the Bundesrat in Germany approved the Act that ratified the state treaty signed with Denmark in September 2008.
On 18 June 2009, the Bundestag approved the Act that ratified the state treaty.
On 26 March 2009, the Danish Parliament passed the Act on Planning for a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt and at the same time ratified the state treaty that had been signed with Germany in September 2008.
On 3 September 2008, the Danish and German Ministers for Transport signed a state treaty on establishing a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.
See State Treaty
On 29 June 2007, the Danish and German Ministers for Transport, , Flemming Hansen and Wolfgang Tiefensee, signed a declaration of intent on establishing a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.