The Fehmarn tunnel aims at being CO2-neutral. The green and energy-efficient solutions for the tunnel's interior will be provided by the international consortium SICE-Cobra. Illustration: Femern A/S

Femern A/S has just announced the international consortium “SICE-Cobra” as the winner of the multi-million-euro Technical, Electrical, Mechanical (TEM) tender.

SICE-Cobra is not unknown to the Nordic countries. In recent years, the consortium has won several contracts for e.g. major Swedish infrastructure projects, and last year they won the task of implementing the electrical installations on 23 kilometres of motorway in Norway of which 15 were tunnel sections.

The TEM contract has a value of approximately 700 million euros and includes the electrical and mechanical interior in the tunnel, including ventilation, lighting, instrumentation and automation processes and safety systems.

Green technology is required

The construction owner, Femern A/S, has an ambition to operate the tunnel on 100% renewable energy, therefore the consortia´s ability to deliver the advanced technology as CO2-neutral and energy-efficient as possible, in addition to the economy, has been an important parameter in the allocation process.

“This contract is crucial to achieving our ambition of making the Fehmarn tunnel the green transport corridor of the future. All bidders on the assignment were of high level and lived up to our requirements regarding expertise and qualifications. However, the chosen consortium has submitted the best offer in relation to price and quality,” says Jens Ole Kaslund, Technical Director of Femern A/S.

Great potential for subcontractors

As with the other large contracts on the Fehmarn project, it is expected that the consortium will need a larger number of subcontractors and here the opportunities are great for both Danish and foreign companies.

“We have a really good relationship with SICE-Cobra, with whom we have been in dialogue since the summer of 2021. We know that they have a great interest in collaborating with smaller subcontractors and look forward to getting an overview of the competences and knowledge of potential subcontractors within the tasks of the TEM contract. We are now working on retrieving information from the consortium regarding their needs, procurement strategy, etc., so that potential subcontractors can be brought into play,” says Stig Rømer Winther, Managing Director of Femern Belt Development and adds that it is a good idea to stay updated via Femern Belt Development's newsletter and LinkedIn.

As previously, there is also a requirement for apprentices in this contract.

SICE-Cobra consists of:

Sociedad Ibérica de Construcciones Eléctricas, S.A. (SICE), Spain

SICE Tecnología y Sistemas, S.A., Spain

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A., Spain

Moncobra, S.A., Spain

Supporting unities:

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios Internacional, S.L., Spain


SICE Nordics AB, Sweden

SICE NZ Ltd., New Zealand

SICE PTY Ltd., Australia