Sotra Connection Project
The largest transport contract in Norwegian history
Start of works
Data updated to september 2021
The initiative to build the RV. 555 SOTRA Connection PPP Project represents one of the country’s priority projects as part of the infrastructure upgrading plan launched by the Norwegian government, and the largest transport contract in Norwegian history.
In September 2021, the Webuild group, in a special purpose vehicle, was awarded the new contract for the construction of the RV.555 SOTRA Connection PPP Project, with a combined total value of NOK 19.8 billion (€2.0 billion) more than €1 billion of which for design and construction.
The contract provides building, using the PPP (Private-Public Partnership) formula, the road and bridge system that will improve mobility between Bergen and the island of Sotra, in the western Norwegian county of Vestland. The project includes the financing, design, construction, and management under concession for 25 years of a road network that includes 9 kilometres of highway and a suspension bridge between Øygarden and Bergen (30 metres wide and 900 metres long and towers 114 metres high, equivalent to an approximately 50-storey skyscraper). The project also includes a total of 12.5 kilometres of tunnels (including secondary ones), 19 road and pedestrian underpasses, 23 tunnel portals, 22 bridges and viaducts and 14 kilometres of pedestrian and bicycle paths.
Commissioned by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA), the design and construction works are entrusted to the Sotra Link consortium, owned by Webuild (35%), with FCC Construcción (Spain, leader and with a 35% stake) and SK Ecoplant (Korea, 30% share). The project concession owner is the special purpose vehicle (which also owns the O&M activities), owned by Webuild, with a 10% stake, with Macquarie Capital (70%) and SK Ecoplant (20%).