Skanska signs £253m contract for Norway road project
Skanska, the Swedish multinational construction and development company, has signed a £253 million contract with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to build a motorway between Bærum and Hole municipality in Eastern Norway.
In a statement, Skanska says that the contract for the E16 Bjørum motorway will be included in the Nordic order bookings for Q4 2020. It adds that the aim of the project is to replace the current winding and narrow road with a modern four-lane motorway, which will significantly improve safety and accessibility for travellers on what is an important exit and transport route in Eastern Norway.
Following the signing, the project will enter a collaboration phase between Skanska, with partners, and the client, the statement said. Construction work is scheduled to begin in February 2021, with scope of work including four tunnels and eight bridges.
The 8.4kms road will involve the movement of three million cubic metres of different masses. In order to ensure enough protection of external environment aspects throughout the project, Skanska will certify E16 Bjørum – Skaret according to CEEQUAL, which is an internationally recognised certification standard for infrastructure.
The company’s winning bid was achieved in cooperation with consulting firm Aas-Jakobsen. It was lower than bids from competitors Implenia/Multiconsult and AF Gruppen/Norconsult.
The four-lane motorway is part of Norway’s National Transport Plan 2018-2029, and completion is expected by summer 2025. The existing E16 road will remain as a local road, with additional cycling and walking paths constructed.
The new roadworks are part of a larger plan – the E16 Sandvika-to-Skaret-to-Høgkastet – that aims to develop a faster and more predictable travel time connection between Oslo and Øvre Buskerud, Vest-Oppland and Vestlandet.
The overall E16 project is divided into four sections:
- The Sandvika-Wøyen section was started in 2015 and opened to traffic in 2019.
- The local road system around Sandvika (the Sandvika ring) will be completed in the summer of 2021.
- The Wøyen-Bjørum section has been completed as a four-lane motorway and was opened in 2009.
- The section from Skaret to Høgkastet has been approved and is in the planning stage.
Skanska is one of the leading development- and construction companies in the Nordics, with operations in building construction and civil engineering in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and developing residential- and commercial property projects in select home markets. The commercial development stream is also active in Denmark.
Skanska had sales of about £6.12 billion and more than 15,200 employees in its Nordic operations during 2019.
Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain
Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.
According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.
The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.