The Norwegian Coastal Administration has received an assignment letter from the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, which gives a green light to start preparations for the construction of the 1.7km long, 37m high, 26.5m wide Stad Ship Tunnel.
In a supplementary allocation letter for 2021, the Norwegian Coastal Administration has now received a clear signal to initiate the start-up of the Stad ship tunnel. In the allocation letter, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has defined the tasks that are to be initiated.
“Based on the allocation letter, we will now start the processes of acquisitioning properties in the area where the ship tunnel will be located, as well as put in place a project organization, prepare a tender basis and initiate a tender,” Terje Andreassen, temporary project manager for the Stad Ship Tunnel at the Norwegian Coastal Administration, explained.
Andreassen further says that the Ministry of Transport and Communications is now preparing a proposition to the Norwegian Parliament about the project. This will be presented during the spring.
Some US$9M (75 million NOK) in start-up funds has been set-aside in the state budget for 2021. The project is estimated to cost US$330M (NOK 2.8 billion – excluding VAT), with a construction period of three to four years.
“There is much work to be done, but we have carried out extensive studies and planning that will form the basis for the work. The allocation letter requests that the property acquisition be completed, if possible, during 2021,” Andreassen states.
The process of procuring a contractor includes establishing a procurement plan, prepare tender documents and announce a tender competition. The plan is to host a conference with pre-qualified contractors during the spring / early summer of this year. The goal is to sign a contractor during 2021, which will allow construction to start in 2022.
“If everything goes according to plan, the world’s first full-scale ship tunnel will be completed in 2025/2026,” says Terje Andreassen.
Throughout the process, the Norwegian Coastal Administration will provide up-to date information on a regular basis. News and frequently asked questions from the public will be posted on our website.