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Periodic indicative notice – utilities
This notice is a periodic indicative notice only
Section I: Contracting entity
Section II: Object
Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link Project: Tunnel Track & Catenary Contract
The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link Project is the final stage in the realisation of a straight traffic corridor between Scandinavia and continental Europe. It will be an immersed tunnel containing two dual carriageways and a twin-track railway. It will traverse the 19 km distance across the Fehmarnbelt between Rødby on the island of Lolland in Denmark and Puttgarden on the island of Fehmarn in northern Germany.
Femern A/S requires design, build (installation), testing and commissioning of the Tunnel Track & Catenary (TTC) systems described in section II.2.4). Further, Femern A/S requires maintenance of the systems for a defined period.
Femern A/S is in the process of preparing the tender material for the Tunnel Track and Catenary (TTC) contract. Previously Femern A/S consulted the market in this regard in a notice (2022/S 048-125518).
This notice serves to:
1) create awareness about the upcoming tender;
2) allow further preparations by interested economic operators; and
3) inform the market about developments made since the previous notice.
The TTC contractor will be responsible for the design, build (installation), testing and commissioning of the TTC systems described below. The TTC contractor will also be responsible for the maintenance of the systems for a defined period.
The track works under the TTC contract is expected to cover track 1) in the tunnel and on the ramps (approx. 2 x 19.7 km), 2) from the end of the ramps on the approaches on the Danish and German sides (approx. 2 x 3.5 km and 2 x 2.2 km) and 3) crossovers on the Danish (4 no.) and German (4 no.) sides including point trace heating system.
The overhead catenary system works under the TTC contract is expected to cover the overhead catenary system 1) in the tunnel (approx. 2 x 18.4 km), 2) on the ramps and approaches on the Danish side (approx. 2 x 4 km) and German side (approx. 2 x 3 km), 3) connection to the traction power substation on Lolland, 4) return current and earthing and bonding systems, 5) overhead line section panels installed in the rail tubes, 6) system separations, 7) switchgear installed in the special elements, 8) uninterrupted power supply system for OLSPs and SCADA type-systems and 9) fibre cable.
The design speed for the railway is 200 km/h.
For the area outside the tunnel Femern A/S is currently preparing to require a ballast track solution but does not expect to be prescriptive about the catenary system outside the tunnel. Femern A/S expects to require that the solution for these two are based on technical solutions already in use (on a TSI approved section) at the time of tender to a speed of at least 200 km/h.
Further, Femern A/S is preparing to require a slab track solution inside the tunnel. Similarly, Femern A/S would require such a solution to be based on a technical solution already in use (on a TSI approved section) at the time of tender (possibly also to a speed of at least 200 km/h). Finally, Femern A/S does not expect to be prescriptive about the type of catenary system inside the tunnel and would not require that the catenary system is based on a technical solution already in use (on a TSI approved section) at the time of tender.
In order to further facilitate the preparations of the interested economic operators Femern A/S can inform that it expects the tender to be executed as a competitive procedure with negotiation with a limited number of prequalified participants. Femern A/S expects that the economic and financial standing that will be required of the applicant over the past 3 financial years will be:
(a) a yearly turnover equivalent to the estimated total value (around EUR 200 million); and
(b) an equity ratio (total equity/total assets) of not less than 15 %.
Femern A/S further expects that there will be requirements regarding technical and professional ability in the form of a portfolio of references related to works completed and handed-over to the customer within the latest 5 years that demonstrates:
(a) experience with construction of a track system in a tunnel of approximately 3 km
(b) experience with construction of a slab track system
Please note that the description above reflects Femern A/S’ current expectations to the future tender procedure, but as Femern A/S is still in the preparation phase, the requirements may be different in the contract notice.
The estimated total value stated in section II.1.5) is an overall estimate and could be subject to adjustment prior to release of the contract notice.
Please note that the date indicated in section II.3 below is only indicative of when the publication of a contract notice could occur.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The construction of the fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt receives EU funding from the CEF programme under project code 2014-EU-TM-0221-W.