Skanska to build light-rail line in Bergen, Norway

11 June 2019 (Last Updated June 11th, 2019 11:11)

Swedish construction company Skanska has secured an Nkr982m ($113.4m) contract to build a subsection of the light-rail system in Bergen, Norway.

Swedish construction company Skanska has secured an Nkr982m ($113.4m) contract to build a subsection of the light-rail system in Bergen, Norway.

The company signed the contract agreement with Hordaland municipality.

The scope of the contract requires Skanska to build a light-rail line between Fyllingsdalen and Bergen city centre. It includes a 1,200m-long tunnel and a station hall.

The overall project involves the construction of infrastructure surrounding the tram line, associated deconstruction work and the development of multiple huge concrete foundations.

Construction works will begin this month and are expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

During the project, a number of steps are scheduled to be taken to reduce its carbon footprint. These steps include utilising biofuels, electrical machines and the use of low-carbon concrete.

Skanska noted that the project will be certified by Ceequal, a global certifying system that assesses suitability within construction projects.

In March, Skanska signed a $57m contract with Sound Transit in the US to carry out enabling work for the Lynnwood Link L300 light-rail expansion project in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace in Washington, US.

The scope of works included demolition, temporary sediment and erosion control, advanced utility relocations, temporary parking construction, grading and earthwork across a 6km project before the construction of light-rail system commences.

Skanska is a development and construction company, with the majority of its operations concentrated across Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Last year, the company reported sales of about Skr67bn ($7.11bn).