European megaproject watch

Between infrastructure, manufacturing and energy, Europe is alive with megaprojects.

Any project cargo professional knows this is good news. A constant flow of megaprojects across all relevant sectors dictates a constant flow of freight handling contracts. 

Join us on a tour of Europe across all key sectors to discover the variety of projects that will be generating cargo carrying contracts moving forward.

Megaprojects across Europe

Fehrman Belt Tunnel

This long-proposed infrastructure project finally got the green light in 2019 and is shaping up to be one of Europe’s largest infrastructure developments.

Fehrman Belt Tunnel is an 18km-long tunnel linking Denmark and North Germany. It’s a dual road and rail tunnel, designed at slashing transit times along what will become a busy freight corridor. Once completed, Fehrman Belt will ultimately be part of a cross-EU transit route, linking Scandinavia and Malta.

The tunnel will also be the longest of its type in the world. Rather than using a bored shaft, Fehrman Belt will be an immersed tunnel, i.e. one that is built by digging a trench in shallow water.

Building work is expected to last from 2020 to 2028. The project owners behind the €7.4bn development is Femern A/S, a multi-national joint venture comprised of:

• Vinci Construction Grands Projets (France)
• Per Aarsleff (Denmark)
• Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau (Germany)
• Max Bögl Stiftung (Germany)
• CFE (Belgium)
• Solétance-Bachy International (France)
• BAM Infra (Netherlands)
• BAM International (Netherlands)

Construction’s first phase will take place in Rødbyhaven in Lolland, southern Denmark, starting with a plant to produce the tunnel’s 89 sections. Living and admin facilities will be built here too. Specialist construction machinery and equipment, such as dredging solutions, will be ordered during phase one.

Northvolt Battery Gigafactory

With the improved sophistication and availability of electric vehicles, the need for a steady stream of sustainable batteries is rising year-on-year. 

In response, Swedish start-up Northvolt is planning to turn its home nation into an eco-battery manufacturing superpower with the construction of a “Gigafactory” modelled after Tesla’s existing production facilities.

Northvolt Ett, the first facility for the new firm, is set for construction at a cost of €3bn. Once production reaches full capacity, it is expected to produce 32GW of lithium-iode batteries every year. This is the first step in turning Europe into a rival for Asian companies like CATL, LG Chem, and Samsung. 

Volkswagen has thrown its weight behind Northvolt. Batteries for Europe’s largest car manufacturer will be ready by 2024. Such is Volkswagen’s commitment to the company, the firm will be building a €900m factory alongside Northvolt in Salzgitter, Germany.

Hornsea Two Windfarm

Renewable energy is already a sector creating many project cargo opportunities for carriers around Europe. The Hornsea developments, potentially the world’s largest windfarms, are presenting contracts for market leaders like ALE.

Hornsea One is already generating electricity for homes across England from its North Sea base. Construction work is set to kick off on Hornsea Two, a sister development, which will outstrip the 1.2 GW Hornsea One plant by a further 200 MW once active.

In total, 165 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines are to be installed at Hornsea Two, adding 1.4 GW to the UK’s national grid, and providing power to well over 1.3m homes.

The majority of blades for Hornsea will be manufactured locally in Hull, at Siemens’ UK production plant. In theory, this should make blade transportation relatively easy, as the infrastructure required to do so should be in place already thanks to Hornsea One’s development.

However, the new blades are longer than those in use at Hornsea One at the same length of ten buses apiece. 

Project lead Ørsted Energy has commissioned a wide variety of EPC firms for the complete of this major renewable development, including:

• JRD Cable Systems
• Balfour Beatty
• Prysmian Group
• Fugro
• Semco Maritime
• Nexans

Hornsea Two is forecast to be commissioned and start generating power as early as 2022.

Arctic LNG-2

Russia is Europe’s land of oil & gas – and its project cargo sector is alive with activity thanks to Russia’s massive hydrocarbons projects.

Novatek’s Arctic LNG-2 Plant is amongst the largest new projects spearheading a new spate of significant natural gas developments across Russia.

The facility, forecast to produce 19.8m tons of LNG once operational, has attracted a variety of EPCs due to its scale and complexity. For example, McDermott is Arctic LNG-2’s chief engineer contractor and is responsible for organising transportation of oversized modules from their production facility in Qingdao, China.

McDermott’s modules are due for delivery in 2022.

So far, Fesco has been one of the chief transporters working on the Arctic LNG-2 project. It has been ferrying out-of-gauge construction machinery and other equipment from Novatek’s own shipyard in Kola, Murmansk, to the project site in Siberia. Fesco has so far delivered more than 1,500 tons worth of equipment to Arctic LNG-2.

A wide variety of megaprojects across Europe

A continent as complex as Europe will remain a place rich with heavy lift and project cargo opportunities for the breakbulk industry for a long time.

New projects of similar size and scope to those listed above are greenlight every day. With billion sin project spending at play, the need for specialist transport services is predicted to be relatively stable into the future, barring any major economic turmoil.

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