autoroute E18 en Norvège

Eiffage designated preferred bidder for a section of the E18 motorway in Norway

Infrastructures Division

Eiffage, through its subsidiary Eiffage Génie Civil, has just been designated as the preferred bidder by Nye Veier, a company owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport, for a contract covering a
section of the E18 motorway. The infrastructure will connect the towns of Langangen and Rugtvedt in a deal worth just over €190 million.

This design-build contract covers around 7 kilometers of four-lane motorway, and involves the construction of 4 viaducts covering a total of 1.5 kilometer, including the new Grenland cable stayed bridge with a 330 meters main span, excavation of 0.9 kilometer of tunnel, and equipment of 3.3 kilometers of tunnels.

An additional section estimated at €260 million could be awarded to the Eiffage Group in a year’s time after the optimization phase is completed for the construction of a 10 kilometers motorway section, including 5.8 kilometers of twin-tube tunnels.

Based on the Best Value Procurement (BVP), the tender assessment included performance, skill, experience and risk management-related criteria. Eiffage has harnessed the expertise of Eiffage Métal for the construction of Grenland cable-stayed bridge, and several innovations such as Eiffage Route’s GB5® high-performance pavement, the Safety Force® application for on-site risk prevention and Carasol®, a method developed by the Group for swift soil characterisation.

Eiffage collaborated with a number of companies for this tender, including Afry and Greisch design offices as well as the Norwegian firm Bertelsen & Garpestad AS, and has been supported by the bridge expert Mr Michel Virlogeux.
The signature of this iconic contract, which aims to achieve ‘Excellent’-rated Ceequal certification, is set to take place in December 2020. Completion is scheduled for summer 2025.

Created in 2016, Nye Veier (meaning “new roads” in Norwegian) is responsible for developing 530 kilometers of roads up to 2029 for a total investment budget of almost €50 billion. The national Norwegian transport plan for 2018-2029 represents a budget of €97 billion and concerns all transport infrastructures. Main objectives focus on the maintenance and improvement of existing routes as well as the development of new sections in order to reduce disruption and decrease journey times.

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