Veidekke awarded contract for soil and concrete tunnels

Bane NOR has awarded Veidekke Entreprenør AS an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the soil and concrete tunnels for its new double track Drammen-Kobbervikdalen (UDK) project.

Photo: Bane NOR, Marianne Henriksen

“We’re very pleased to have placed two contracts with such competent players,” says Lars Tangerås, project director for the Vestfold Line development. 

“The work of creating a better daily experience for travellers on this line is well under way, and we have now taken another major step towards putting a double track in place over the whole route between Oslo and Tønsberg.” 

Building whole Drammen tunnel

Bane NOR has awarded Veidekke Entreprenør AS an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the soil and concrete tunnels for its new double track Drammen-Kobbervikdalen (UDK) project. Worth NOK 1 827 million, the assignment covers a 540-metre cut-and-cover concrete tunnel which interfaces with a  290-metre soil tunnel under Strømsåsen.  

This represents the second tunnel job secured by Veidekke from the UDK project in Drammen. Earlier this autumn, Bane NOR awarded a contract to the company for a six-kilometre rock tunnel through Strømsåsen which the soil and concrete tunnels will connect with.  

Close dialogue 

The contract in Drammen has been awarded through a process known as competitive dialogue. This means that bidders have been involved from an early stage in a dialogue with Bane NOR over the best solution, and various proposals have been exchanged and assessed along the way. 

“Constructing soil tunnels is not a well known procedure in Norway,” explains Tangerås. “So it was useful to be able to involve the supplier market in identifying solutions which best suit our requirements.”