Large-scale growth in Major Crossings is one of Ramboll’s new strategic areas and now Ramboll has just won a significant contract for the detailed design services and technical support during construction of India’s longest sea bridge.
The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, joining Mumbai with the satellite city of Navi Mumbai, will be a six-lane highway with two emergency exit lanes and a length of 21.8 kilometres. The new bridge will play a crucial role in future growth in India, providing access to new jobs and housing for hundreds of thousands of people in the fast-growing Navi Mumbai.
Ramboll is acting as an advisor for the Indian and South Korean joint venture Tata Projects-Daewoo. The project will provide full-time employment for 50 Ramboll bridge experts in India, the UK and Denmark during the design and construction phase, and include geotechnical studies, foundation design, column and superstructure as well as technical support during the construction phase.
“We are incredibly pleased to be awarded this prestigious project,” says Lars Thorbek, Global Divi-sion Director for Major Crossings at Ramboll. “It is in line with Ramboll’s new strategy to extend our activities with major crossings, bridges and tunnels globally and will help strengthen our position as a significant international player in bridge design.”
The total price for the project is estimated to be USD 2.2 billion. Construction will begin in the middle of 2018 with completion by the end of 2022. It is estimated that in the first year of operation the bridge will cater to 62,000 passenger car units daily which would increase to around 200,000 in the 30 years of operation assuming the Navi Mumbai International Airport will have become operational
A growth engine for the future
Major Crossings is one of Ramboll’s strategic focus areas in the company’s 2020 strategy – a so-called Spearhead service – that aims to strengthen Ramboll’s specialist expertise and drive growth in the years ahead.
“We are counting strongly on bridges and tunnels,” says Lars Thorbek. “We expect revenue to in-crease by 35% globally by the end of 2020 - in a market that is expected to grow by just under 6% in the same period. The North American, Scandinavian and German markets are expected to be par-ticularly favourable.”
Ramboll already draws on a global pool of 450 bridge and tunnel experts and 50 years of experience in leading projects in all types of world-class bridges and tunnels. These include the Great Belt bridge in Denmark, the Øreseund bridge between Denmark and Sweden, the Mersey Gateway in England, and the Queensferry Crossing, the UK’s tallest bridge and the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge. Ramboll is also heavily involved in the Fehmarnbelt fixed link, a major tunnel between Denmark and Germany.
In India, Ramboll’s projects include the detailed structural design of the six-lane bridge across the river Falgoo in the city of Gaya, detailed engineering for the 9-km long greenfield Harike bypass in Punjab that involved the 1.1-km four-lane bridge across the river Satluj as well as the feasibility study and preparation of project report for the 5.5km four-lane bridge across the river Ganges at Bakhtiyarpur in the state of Bihar.