The four parties have submitted their applications for qualification are

  • VINCI Concessions SAS
  • FCC Concesiones de Infraestructuras S.L.U
  • China Communications Construction Company Ltd.

Project Manager Arve Tjønn Rinde is pleased with the process so far. – Now we must begin the difficult task of assessing the applications we have received. Today is an important milestone for the Sotra Connection project, Rinde says.

The contract has received much attention

So far, this PPP contract is the largest of its kind in Norway, and the size of the contract has received a lot of attention.

-We are pleased with the response from the market. The number of parties that have submitted an application for qualification is about what we expected based on previous experience, says Bettina Sandvin, Director of Contracting Management in the Construction division of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA).

Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

The PPP type of project (Public - Private Partnership) means that the NPRA enters into a contract with a company that will finance, build and operate the road for 25 years.

Until mid-April, the NPRA will study the documentation received and assess whether the companies are qualified with regard to the requirements in the tender specification. Based on these assessments, three parties will be selected for further dialogue and negotiations. These parties will be selected based on their experience with engineering design, financing, construction and operation, and HSE, as well as their financial capacity. The contract is expected to be signed in the autumn of 2021.

Facts about the Rv 555 Sotrasambandet - the Sotra Connection

  • Today’s Sotra connection is a two-lane road with an AADT of 30 000. The road is vulnerable, with today's bridge being the only access to Øygarden municipality
  • A new Sotra connection will open up bottlenecks and constitute a major improvement for road users, businesses and emergency response services in the municipalities of Nye Øygarden and Bergen.
  • The new road system will have a new four-lane motorway, separate lanes for public transport, and pedestrian and cycle paths.
  • The project includes 22 bridges, one suspension bridge, 23 portals and four twin-tube tunnels. When all this is combined in one major contract, the Sotra Connection contract becomes the largest construction contract in Norway so far.
  • The PPP contract was put to tender via Doffin in December 2019. The contract is scheduled to be signed in 2021.