AFRY has signed a contract with French contractor Eiffage regarding detail-engineering of a 17 km long new four-lane highway on E18 in the eastern part of Norway. The total value of the road development is approximately NOK 5 billion.
Eiffage closed the contract with Nye Veier just before the end of 2020. E18 Landgangen - Rugtvedt is one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects currently being initiated in Norway and includes a range of bridges and tunnels. To optimise the collaboration between the various partners, the project will use a fully digitalised platform.
"Winning this contract means a lot to AFRY in Norway. We look forward to use our extensive competence to solve the challenges and develop a holistic sustainable infrastructure solution together with Eiffage and Nye Veier. For us as an engineering and design company, there is a lot of prestige in delivering the first CEEQUAL environmentally certified road project for Nye Veier" says Anton Husøy, Director of Transportation at AFRY.
The key to success: complementary and collaborative teams
The relationship between Eiffage and AFRY was initiated through informal talks more than two years ago.
"Eiffage is a highly competent and innovative contractor with broad experience from large and complex international infrastructure projects. Eiffage's roots stem from the first part of the 19[th] century and has, to mention a few of many references, been involved in building the Louvre Pyramid, the Sydney Opera House and the Millau Viaduct in France," says Husøy.
For their first project in Norway, Eiffage is working with AFRY to develop the design of the project.
"In addition to assisting in developing the overall concept, we have also shared our knowledge of the Norwegian market, our experience with Nye Veier's procurement process and introduced other Norwegian partners to Eiffage," says Husøy.
"With the increasing competitive situation in the market, planning and coordination have become even more important in order to be a preferred partner. My experience is that the best solutions are being developed by establishing complementary teams that understand the challenges, bring out the best in each other and create synergies in the projects," adds Arnt-Ivar Weum, Tender Manager and E18 Project Manager for AFRY.
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