NCC wins $173m road tunnel contract in Norway

Construction firm NCC has secured a contract worth about SEK1.3bn ($173m) from the Norwegian Road Administration to build the Bjørnegård Tunnel on the E16 expressway between Sandvika and Wøyen in Norway.

The two-lane E16 highway will serve as the primary link between Oslo and Bergen. The Bjørnegård Tunnel will be part of the new E16 expressway and will help to improve accessibility and enhance traffic safety.

Under the contract, NCC will construct 2.3km long new tunnel that will comprise a two-lane dual carriageway. The contract also includes construction of a 290m long connecting tunnel, as well as extensive road works where the E16 joins the E18.

At the site, the contractor will implement its Green Construction environmental concept for construction and civil engineering projects, which entails more stringent demands in a number of areas compared with the minimum requirements set by authorities.

Construction work o the project will start in January 2015 and will be completed by December 2019.

Håkon Tjomsland, business area manager for NCC Construction Norway, said: “This transaction is proof of our strong competitiveness in complex infrastructure projects that require advanced engineering and operational expertise.

“This is the second billion-kronor contract we have secured from the Norwegian Road Administration during this quarter. We look forward to successful cooperation with our client and the road users that will be affected.”