The Sandbukta – Moss – Såstad (SMS 2A) project will improve capacity for both passengers and freight and provide better rail journeys for the people living on Østlandet. The project is part of the Bane NOR Intercity upgrade, including 270 km of new double tracks in the South East part of Norway. Visualization: Rambøll/Sweco
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Large infrastructure project to improve Intercity connections in Eastern Norway

NIRAS and Dr.techn.Olav Olsen have been selected to construction joint venture, consisting of Implenia and ACCIONA.

21. Aug 2020

Bane NOR is responsible for the national railway infrastructure in Norway and the expansion of the railway system in South-Eastern Norway, including the Moss region. Together with Implenia and ACCIONA, Dr.techn.Olav Olsen and NIRAS, they will assist in the completion of the major SMS 2A turnkey project for the InterCity line. The turnkey contract has an overall value of NOK 6.3 billion and includes 10.3 km of double tracks, 5 km of tunnel and a new station in Moss.

A large interdisciplinary project

”This is an important project, which requires several skills and experience in collaboration and partnership. It’s not only a new railway through the city center of Moss, it also involves a lot of disciplines: Special foundations, groundworks, earthworks, truck works, concrete works and of course tunnel blasting works. We are pleased to have such a good partnership to deliver the project to Bane NOR,” says Carsten Rosskamp, MossIA Project Director.

The InterCity line is one of Norway's biggest railway projects. Project Director, Anders Nyhus, from Dr.techn.Olav Olsen looks forward to delivering his part to this exiting project:

'We are really proud to have been chosen by MossIA ANS as their consultants for this challenging project. We have assisted the contractors throughout the tender phase, focusing on optimizing solutions and securing constructability. It is exciting to contribute to an infrastructure project that not only develops a large part of Moss, but also has national importance,” says Anders Nyhus.

New standards for NIRAS in Norway

Together with the engineering at ACCIONA, Implenia Norway and Dr.techn.Olav Olsen, NIRAS will be responsible for the design, project management, the overall 3D project models, substructures, drainage and utilities, roadworks, Moss station and landscaping. In addition, Mossia ANS has appointed the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, NGI, to handle site conditions.

For NIRAS, the project sets a new landmark in the development of the Norwegian market.

“This project is, by far, our biggest contract within infrastructure in Norway. Following our recent signing with Veidekke on UDK 01 and 02 on the Drammen-Kobbervikdalen, also together with Dr.techn.Olav Olsen, NIRAS is now heavily involved in delivering rail projects all across Norway and thereby contributing to more effective and sustainable mobility,” says Theis Tarp Rasmussen, Vice President in NIRAS.

Engineering and construction work for the main works started in 2019, and the new double track rail line is planned to be fully operational at the end of 2024.