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The world’s first ship tunnel to be built in Norway

07 April 2017

The Stad Ship Tunnel will be built on the Stadhavet Sea to provide safe navigation along Norway’s most dangerous area of the coast.

Illustration of Stad Ship Tunnel (Credit: NCA)

This will be the world’s first full-scale ship tunnel and is part of the Norwegian National Transport Plan (NTP) between 2018-2029. The tunnel has been granted funding of NOK 1.5 billion for its first six years, out of the full calculated estimated cost of NOK 2.7 billion.

"This is good news, and in line with NCA recommendations as part of the impact assessment. There are still many pieces of the puzzle that needs to be put into place before construction can start, but we have previously stated that the actual construction could be at the earliest in 2019", says project manager for Stad ship tunnel at NCA, Terje Andreassen.

Key figures

• Length: 1700m
• Height between ground and ceiling: 49m
• Width between tunnel walls: 36m
• Cross-sectional area: 1625m2
• Volume of solid rock to be removed: Approx. 3 million m3. Equivalent to approximately 8 million tonnes of blasted rock
• Total costs: Approx. NOK 2,7 billion
• Construction time: Approx. 3-4 years

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