Largest-ever infrastructure project for the Faroes
The two new tunnels will be built under the seabed, representing the largest-ever infrastructure project on the Faroe Islands.
– NCC has extensive experience in tunnel construction, and our Norwegian operations possess this cutting-edge expertise. We will be leveraging our experience from the two road tunnels that we built on the Faroes in the early 2000s, says Kenneth Nilsson, Business Area Manager for NCC Infrastructure.
Improved conditions for the archipelago’s economy
The two new tunnels to be built by NCC will also run under the seabed and connect several of the country’s major cities. The tunnels will therefore reduce travel time by more than half for most of the country’s 50,000 inhabitants, raising quality of life for everyone and improving conditions for the archipelago’s economy.
The distance between the capital, Torshavn, and the city of Strendur, for example, will be shortened from 55 to 17 kilometers. Both tunnels will be about 11 kilometers long. While the maximum grade of the roadway is five degrees, the lowest point of the tunnels will still be 189 meters below sea level.
The two subsea tunnels previously built by NCC on the Faroe Islands have now been used and evaluated for over ten years, and NCC will use this experience to construct the two new subsea tunnels, Eysturoy and Sandoy.The tunnels will be drilled through volcanic rock, requiring relatively frequent inspections throughout the construction process. Several of the key people working on this project were also involved with the two earlier tunnels.
NCC’s customer is P/E Eystur- og Sandoyartunlar (EST), a company wholly owned by the County Council of the Faroe Islands. The order value of the first tunnel is SEK 1.5 billion. The order value of the second tunnel is approximately SEK 1.2 billion, with an option for the customer to cancel the project.