ACCIONA and Nye Veier, the Norwegian state highway authority, have reached an agreement to proceed to the next stage of the design and construction of the E6 Ranheim-Værnes highway after working together since 2018 to optimise the project.
The agreed construction price is approximately NOK4.3 billion (€390 million). Work is scheduled to begin once the zoning plans for the municipalities of Trondheim, Malvik and Stjørdal will be approved. ACCIONA will use local labour in construction and strengthen its commercial ties with local suppliers and companies. The E6 project will significantly boost the regional economy.
“For ACCIONA, it is important that all of our projects create as large positive ripple effects and values locally as possible. We are looking forward to keep sharing our knowledge, experience, and expertise with our partners in the Ranheim - Værnes project” says Jacobo Arnanz, project manager in ACCIONA Norway.
Since the project was awarded in 2018, ACCIONA has carried out basic design work with Nye Veier under the client-contractor partnership model being implemented in the Norwegian public works market. The company engaged Rambøll and Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS as subcontractors to the project.
The basic design work included how to reduce the risk of unforeseen circumstances. It also optimised the road’s design to improve safety and traffic flow during the construction phase.
“We combine international expertise with local knowledge and deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to solve major challenges. This project is very important both for Norway and the local communities along it, and we are very proud to be part of it” says Jacobo Arnanz.
The Ranheim to Værnes leg of the E6 highway is 23 km long. It will be expanded from two to four lanes and will include three tunnels to improve the flow of traffic as well as its safety. The route, which includes eight bridges, will largely follow the old road, with the exception of the tunnels, which will run parallel to the existing ones. This new infrastructure is aimed at improving connectivity in the northern part of Trøndelag County, in central Norway.
Established in Norway five years ago, ACCIONA is playing an increasingly important role in Norway’s infrastructure sector. ACCIONA forms part of the winning consortium that has been awarded the €650 million Sandbukta–Moss–Såstad railway project. The main works include two tunnels, a cut-and-cover tunnel and a new station in central Moss, some 60 km south of Oslo.
ACCIONA is also finalising work on the €1.0 billion high speed railway line that will connect Oslo and the town of Ski. Once completed, the tunnels of the Follo Line will be the longest in Scandinavia. ACCIONA have used cutting edge technology, new solutions, and good interaction with local partners to cut over 27,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the project.