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Photo: Kjell Inge Davik (Development Director Statens veivesen), Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård and Vibeke Stjern (Mayor of Åfjord Municipality)

Opening of pilot project

Photo: Kjell Inge Davik (Development Director Statens veivesen), Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård and Vibeke Stjern (Mayor of Åfjord Municipality)

Develops tomorrow’s technology – opening of a robotised laser-welded bridge in Åfjord

-This is the start of the development of new utility structures, says Olav Ellevset (Manager of Fosenbrua AS). -The main cost is steel, but through this the prices will be significantly lower overall. The project is the first pilot project, and is supported by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration through the Development Division / Ferry-free E39 project. Several pilot projects for the technology are expected, with a gradually larger scope.

Faster welding and less energy

-The welds are laser welded, says Tore Roppen in the company that has built the bridge (Prodtex). -With this technology welding is faster and uses less energy. This steel is more environmentally friendly. This is the start and we have learned a lot through this project.

Can be used on projects throughout Norway

-New technology makes the development of transport projects in Norway easier, cheaper and more climate friendly, says Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård. -By using this way of building bridges, we use Norway’s advantages – resources, industries willing to adapt and smart minds. This pilot project helps develop technology that can be used on projects throughout Norway, along the E39 and others. At best, this is the future of Norwegian construction industry!

Welcome to the future!

-We believe that this technology will save us as a country many billions of kroner, says development director Kjell Inge Davik (Norwegian Public Roads Administration). -We will work on 4 pilots and Frønesbrua is the first. There are great opportunities along this line when the major development projects along the coast are to be realized.

Tore Roppen (Prodtex) and Olav Ellevset (Fosenbrua AS)

Axel Frønes (song)

The bridge Frønesbrua


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Newsletter no 2 – February 2021

Newsletter February 2021

Great interest in the webinar on the Fosenbru projects and experiences with mainland connections in the Bergen area 9 February 2021

On Tuesday 9 February 2021, NiT Indre Fosen and the Business Association in the Trondheim region (NiT) arranged a webinar entitled:
Bridge over the Trondheim Fjord – a regional «game changer»

There was great interest with 146 participants. The meeting was arranged in collaboration with Fosenbrua AS, and was chaired by the general manager of NiT Indre Fosen, Ingunn Rokseth. Initially, it was first an introduction to the Fosenbru projects and the status and thinking around them by the general manager of Fosenbrua AS, Olav Ellevset.

This was followed by a lecture by former Minister of Petroleum and Energy and Mayor of Os, Terje Søviknes, on the experiences with mainland connections and other major projects in the Bergen area. Over many years, they have helped to make the living, working and service region around Bergen larger, with all the growth effects this has had.

Finally, there was a discussion in the studio led by the business policy leader in NiT Børge Beisvåg, where the chair of the meeting and the speakers participated.


Olav Ellevset
General manager of Fosenbrua AS
Mobile: +47 952 19459

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Newsletter No 1 – February 2021

Webinar under the auspices of Næringsforeningen on Tuesday 9 February 2021

On Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 0900, NIT Indre Fosen and the Business Association in the Trondheim region will arrange a webinar entitled:

Bridge over the Trondheim Fjord – a regional «game changer»

Initially, there will be shorter editions of two presentations from the Fosenbru conference 2020 at Brekstad on 22 September 2020.

One of the initiators will be former Minister of Petroleum and Energy and Mayor of Os, Terje Søviknes, while the others will be Chairman of the Board Ove Vollan and General Manager Olav Ellevset from Fosenbrua AS.

Afterwards, there will be a discussion about what such connections can mean for regional growth with references from Western Norway.

For those who want to participate, there is a link to the event below:


Olav Ellevset
General manager of Fosenbrua AS
Mobile: +47 952 19459

Fosenbrua Conference arranged at Ørland Kultursenter

Photo: Linda Hofstad Helleland (District and Digitization Minister) and Olav Ellevset (CEO,Fosenbrua AS)

The first Fosen Bridge Conference was held at Ørland Kultursenter, Brekstad on Tuesday September 22, 2020

The idea is that similar conferences will be held at certain intervals to update interested parties about status and news from their own or national work with significance for the projects.

There was a good participation with around 90 participants, and the premises at the center worked well in relation to the infection control rules (Covid 19) that apply to such events.

Below is the program for the conference and all the presentations.

We thank our sponsors and partners at Fosen.

Linda Hofstad Helleland (Distrikts- og digitaliseringsminister):

Vi er nødt til å satse på samfersel! Infrastruktur er viktig for å skape funksjonelle regioner

-Prosjektet med Fosenbrua har kommet for fullt og med gode ambassadører. Det er ingen tvil om at Fosenbrua er et viktig prosjekt!

.. Jeg liker godt måten det er jobbet på med å fremheve å knytte bo- og arbeidsmarkeder sammen, at det er viktig for pendlere og for næringslivet. Det er få virkemidler som er like avgjørende som samferdselspolitikken! Dette fører til at vi kan ta i bruk de ressursene som vi er så priviligert å ha i Norge og omsette til arbeidsplasser. Det handler om bosetting, ressursutnyttelse og næringsutvikling!

Gode bru- og veiforbindelser er nødvendig for at folk skal komme seg til og fra jobb og for at næringslivet skal få stabil og rask tilgang til markedene. Opplevelsen av en større region med større og bedre tilbud når det gjelder arbeidsplasser, men også når det gjelder tjenestetilbud og kultur, er avgjørende for å være en attraktiv region som folk har lyst til å flytte til. Det bidar til å samle og utnytte regionen gjennom å gi den tyngde og rekkevidde ..

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The Stjørnfiord Crossing

Fosenbrua AS: Stjørnfjorden 2020
At the far end of the headland by the mountain Bakstein on the south side of the fiord Between Fevåg and Hasselvika The mountain Bakstein Fevåg Film Clip South towards Fevåg Ottersbo Ottersbo crushing plant to the right Austråt Havn Harbor to the left Austråt Harbor Borgklinten

At the far end of the headland by the mountain Bakstein on the south side of the fiord

Stjørnfjorden 2020

Between Fevåg and Hasselvika

Stjørnfjorden 2020

The mountain Bakstein

Stjørnfjorden 2020


Stjørnfjorden 2020

Film Clip

South towards Fevåg

Stjørnfjorden 2020


Ottersbo crushing plant to the right

Austråt Havn Harbor to the left

Austråt Harbor


Stjørnfjorden 2020

Status per August 2020

A leader group and a working group has been appointed for planning the crossing of the Stjørnfjord. Cases are prepared for the Municipal Councils. The plan is that the two municipalities will cover the costs of planning in accordance with the Planning and Building Act.

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Newsletter from Fosenbrua AS – April 2020

Newsletter from Fosenbrua AS – april 2020

Fosenbru Conference 2020

We have envisaged that we will now arrange Fosenbru conferences, either every two years, depending on how much new material it will be. The first of its kind was scheduled for June 3 or 4, 2020 at the Ørland Cultural Center in Brekstad. It is now clear that it must be postponed until such events can be held.

We have so far been in a phase of basic investigations, while we are now into a new phases in which we are preparing projects. We want people at Fosen and others to be able to keep up with this work, as well as the more general developments in areas that are important to the projects.

It will be a one-day conference, and the program that was prepared consisted of, among other things:

The forecast calculations Fosen 2060
Population, jobs and traffic ahead by the year 2060
Michelle Delapaz / Linda Alfheim, Norconsult Oslo

Stjørnfjord crossing
Status of planning work for crossing the fjord, the Stadsbygd tunnel, and new or improved road Fevåg-Rissa

Technology development linked to E39 Bjørnafjorden in Hordaland
Ferry-free E39 Sub-project Fjordcrossing Mathias Eidem, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Case E39 Nordfjorden (Anda-Lote) – concepts and technical solutions

a. Input from the consulting group Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen / Prodtex
Anette Fjeld, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen, Oslo

b. Input from the consultant group Multikonsult / Johs. Holt / Entail / LMG Marin
Geir Lasse Kjersem, LMG Marin Bergen

Automated production lines for laser welding of steel structures
What can they mean for usage costs?
Business Development Director Tore Roppen, Prodtex AS

A production line at Sunnmøre is supported by both the Ferry-free E39 project In the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Innovation Norway. The first delivery will be a pedestrian and bicycle road bridge “untouched by human hands” in Åfjord municipality during the fall of 2020.

Share capital, and Norwegian and international funds as a source of financing

Regional effects of mainland connection
Dr. Techn. Stig Nyland Andersen, Norwegian Public Roads Administration Bergen
He has recently taken a PhD degree at NTNU with the assignment “The impact of fixed link projects to islands on accessibility and population development”.

Otherwise, we plan input from various stakeholders, with subsequent debate and input from the auditorium. We will return to this when a new date is clarified.

Investigation program for business

Soon we will invite business and industry to collaborate on an investigation program for business and industry at Fosen. We envision that subcommittees will look at aquaculture, agriculture, real estate, industry, trade and service, and the business community otherwise.

The themes will be how new infrastructure can affect recruitment and access to labor, productivity, value creation, growth, and Fosens and Trøndelag’s attractiveness as a working region.

The Fosenbru projects in the short and long term

We are now seeing the end of a few years with several basic investigations, and as mentioned above, we are now entering new phases where we are preparing projects. A significant part of this will be planning and impact analysis in accordance with the Planning and Building Act for connections and crossing the Stjørnfjord.

Other topics will include environmental data for waves, wind and electricity, design basis for the cruise, financing analysis, contracting and implementation strategies, etc.
We will come back on this one.


Olav Ellevset
Managing Director Fosenbrua AS
Mobile: +47 952 19459

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Newsletter March 2019

The overview study for crossing the Stjørnfjord is available

The consulting company Rambøll has now completed the overview study for crossing the Stjørnfjord, which for Fosenbrua AS is a very important step forward. The study has been sent to the respective municipalities as a basis for meetings with Fosenbrua AS on further follow-up.

=> Kryssing av Stjørnfjorden – Bru eller tunnel (Rambøll jan 2019) (Norwegian)

As is known, the bottom conditions and the mountain course in the Stjørnfjord were mapped with acoustics / light seismic in the summer of 2018, and with a requirement for minimum mountain coverage of 50 meters, an underwater tunnel would have to fall to around 300 m below the sea (muh). Compared to other submarine tunnels, this is relatively deep. The world’s deepest subsea tunnel today is Fv.653 Eiksund tunnel between Volda and Hareid at -287 m, while Rv.13 Ryfast connection between Stavanger and Ryfylke will be the deepest with -291m when it opens in 2019.

Fv. 714 Heat tunnel -264m
Fv. 714 Frøya tunnel -164m

With a depth of 300 meters, Rambøll’s review shows that it will have a length of about 14 km to satisfy the current requirement of a maximum increase of 5%. The traffic analyzes carried out indicate that the connection will have a traffic of over 2,600 vehicles in average daily traffic (ATT) already at the opening, and 3200 bits. AED with new road between Fevåg and Rissa.

The requirements for submarine tunnels have intensified in recent years. Traffic numbers and length means that it will probably be required that it be built in two races or with its own evacuation tunnel. This will have a great impact on the costs of the tunnel solution. The study outlines several possibilities for crossing with bridges, look at the study at Rambøll above to look more closely at the solutions.

For all the solutions, connections to existing road networks are shown. Various conflicts with local communities and the environment are discussed at a relatively rough level, and cost assessments have been made for all outlined solutions.

The costs for the crossing are assessed at between NOK 2.1 and 3.3 billion, including building costs and VAT. As for the tunnel, the costs are based on one race. The cost of new road between Fevåg and Rissa is assessed at NOK 0.9 billion to NOK 1.1 billion, depending on the solution for the fjord crossing.

We believe the overview study provides a good basis for further work on the connection. The traffic analyzes indicate that connection will inflict insignificant traffic on the ferry connection Flakk-Rørvik. As for Fosen, this means that Bjugn, Indre Fosen, Åfjord and Ørland will form a large common housing and labor market, which will have a great impact on further development at Fosen.


Olav Ellevset
CEO Fosenbrua AS

Mobile: +47 952 19 459




Olav Ellevset - daglig leder i Fosenbrua AS

Q & A about the Fosen Bridge in Trøndelag, Norway

Interview with Olav Ellevset (CEO Fosenbrua AS) per. December 2017:

Will there really be a bridge over the Trondheimsfjord?

-We think it’s just a matter of time. There is a great deal of work in Norway to adapt to and further develop technology for such crossings.

What is crucial for the project to be realized?

-We are working towards the project to be able to finance itself, so this is the main challenge. With today’s framework the toll-free loans have to be paid back in 15 or 20 years. We work to adapt this to the lifetime of what is being financed. For such large constructions it will be minimum 100 years. We believe that the repayment period for short-term loans should be changed to a minimum of 40 years. Another issue is the practice for value added tax. Municipalities are able to refund this. But if the project is financed and implemented by a company, then today’s rules are interpreted so that refunds are not possible.

When will the bridge be finished?

-We believe it will be finished within a 10 years.

Will there be expensive toll rates?

-We assume that it will not be more expensive than today, preferably less.

What will the bridge look like?

-Several types is possible, and relevant suppliers from the shipbuilding-, the steel- and the construction industry are invited to come up with technical concepts. A low floating bridge is the solution that will be cheapest.

Will there be walking and cycling crossings?


What are you working on right now?

-The main task now is to find which way of funding that can be probable over 40 years. Norconsult is starting their work on traffic forecasts right now. The aspirations  of the business industry and the aspirations of municipal authorities for growth and development are crucial. Rambøll is starting with an overview study for the crossing of the Stjørnfjord. The work on influencing the overall financial framework for such large projects is an ongoing project.  In this matter we are working with other crossings in Norway.

Who are in the Board of Fosenbrua AS?

-Ove Vollan (Sparebank 1 SMN) is Chairman of the Board. Eigil Erbe (Attorney Company Erbe & Co), Elin Harbak (Johs. J. Syltern AS), Ragnar Lyng (Lyng Gruppen AS), Ola Setsaas (Stadsbygd Sparebank), Siri Stjern-Strøm (Stjern AS), and Olbert Aasan (Indre Fosen Invest AS) are board members

Will there be any work for local entrepreneurs on the bridge?

-The project includes not just the bridge over the Trondheimsfjord, so that is highly likely.

Can businesses and ordinary people help make the bridge be realized?

-Of course, it is important that there is an overall agreement at Fosen behind.

What are the largest effects of the bridge over the Trondheimsfjord?

-With bridges over the Trondheimsfjord and the Stjørnfjord large parts of Fosen will have a common living-, service- and labor market with the Trondheim region. Today’s population of 25,000 citizens can be expected to double. It will be a question how long it will take, 30, 40 or 50 years to double the population. It is important that the municipalities prepare for growth so that they can manage unfortunate effects through planning.

teknologidagene 2017

Technology Conference: Simpler, environmentally friendlier and safer travel

Technology Days 2017 focusing on smart roads for green transport

Statens Vegvesen arranged Technology Days Oct 17-23, 2017 in Trondheim

-There were many relevant topics for Fosenbrua AS, says Olav Ellevset (CEO of Fosenbrua AS). -Ferjefri E39 was a major theme. We learn that Denmark has modernized their financing system for large infrastructure projects. We need this in Norway as well! This includes a 40-year payment in toll roads as well as national guarantees.

-Many of those working on transport infrastructure are present at this annual event. Contact with people in the industry confirms our assessments so far of the cost level for the construction of floating bridges, says Ellevset.

Technology Days 2017 (Norwegian Public Roads Administration)