The prospects for a permanent tunnel element factory in Rødbyhavn are enormous, both on a local and national scale.
A permanent tunnel element factory will secure jobs on Lolland for many years to come, as well as ensuring a better economy in future Danish infrastructure projects.
Both of these arguments are included in the recently presented national plan "Denmark forwards - infrastructure plan 2035", presented by the government.
A permanent factory will also be of great importance for e.g. education, residence and tourism, as well as generating and retaining knowledge about large infrastructures that will strengthen Danish companies in relation to international mega-projects.
Maximum benefit to society
"The government wants the implementation of new infrastructure projects to create the maximum benefit for society and that the existing production capacity is integrated with future infrastructure project plans."
"Therefore, the government will work actively to preserve the upcoming tunnel element factory, which will be established at Rødbyhavn on Lolland in connection with the Femern Belt Fixed Link."
"It will secure local jobs on Lolland, as well as reducing the costs of future infrastructure projects, as there will be no need to establish new production facilities for these projects," the governmental plan states.
Employment, residence and tourism
“The tunnel element factory can be a catalyst in the coming many years' development for the southern part of Region Zealand and not least, on Lolland. In addition to its great importance for employment, it will also have a beneficial influence on residential development and will lead to increased tourism,” Holger Schou Rasmussen, Mayor of Lolland Municipality and Chairman of Femern Belt Development, points out.
There will be around 1,500 employees at the factory, during the fabrication of the tunnel elements for the Femern Belt Fixed Link, from 2022 to 2026.
The element factory becomes a powerhouse
Danish Industry Transport Branch Director, Michael Svane, believes that, in addition to many permanent jobs, the tunnel element factory can become a powerhouse that will build and strengthen the knowledge and capacity of Danish companies in relation to participation in future large international infrastructure projects.
“In Danish Industry, we have worked with a focus on getting the decision to making the tunnel element factory in Rødbyhavn permanent, partly because we are interested in ensuring long-term employment, which will also include engineers, researchers and other university graduates. The tunnel factory could become a center for knowledge and innovation, in both Denmark, Scandinavia and the rest of Europe and become a production line for projects from outside of Denmark as well.”
"In addition to this, we are very interested in the though process – from project to production - thus reducing costs of other future infrastructure projects that are already or will come into play," says Michael Svane.
Upcoming Danish infrastructure projects
Michael Svane mentions a number of Danish projects in which the tunnel element factory in Rødbyhavn may play a role.
This applies to the fabrication of tunnel elements for the Harbour Tunnel in Copenhagen, bridge and tunnel elements and / or bridge elements for the Kattegat connection, offshore wind turbine foundations for the energy islands in the North Sea and Bornholm and on the slightly longer term, elements for a fixed connection between Als and Fyn.
"I hope that the forthcoming negotiations will result in a decision to make the tunnel factory a permanent feature. It would give an exciting perspective and emphasize that Lolland-Falster has a value that extends beyond the Femern construction project itself. ”says Michael Svane.