Designed for the harsh climate of the Faroe Islands
KVM is in full swing installing a new asphalt mixing plant at the port of Sund near Tórshavn, the capital of the Faeroe Islands. The customer is Landsverk, which is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of public buildings and infrastructure on the regional government’s 18 islands.
The installation of the new KVM Freja 3500 mixing tower with filler silos and mixed materials storage plant is the last phase in a comprehensive modernization of the asphalt mixing plant, which must be ready for the 2023 season.
The asphalt mixing plant, designed to absorb the extreme wind gusts that can occur on the islands in the North Atlantic, is set up on concrete foundations, anchored to the ground with special rock bolts. Both the mixing tower and the inclined skip track are covered as protection against the wind and the more than 1,300 mm of rainfall that falls on the islands and the approximately 50,000 residents every year.
New tunnel secures significant reduction in travel time
The road network has been significantly expanded since the first road was built on the Faeroe Islands in 1907, most recently with the construction of an 11 km long underwater tunnel between the two largest islands of Streymoy and Eusturoy. 73 metres below the surface of the water in the long fjord Skálafjørður, the tunnel branches off via a spectacular underwater roundabout, probably the first of its kind in the world, from which there is a connection to the towns of Strendur and Rókin. The tunnel has already become essential for traffic between the islands.
For example, the driving time between the two largest cities of Tórshavn and Klaksvik has been reduced from 68 minutes to 36 minutes. The project has cost DKK 1 billion and is financed via road tax.
Construction of a new underwater tunnel between Streymoy and Sandoy has already begun and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Landsverk is well underway with delivering the asphalt, but it is planned that the final surface course will be delivered from the new KVM factory.
The Eusturoy tunnel contains the world’s first underwater roundabout, decorated by the Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson.