Harsco helps major new bridge span Norwegian fjord



Harsco Infrastructure has revealed details of a $3.82 M project it is now working on to help span Norway’s Hardangerfjord with a major new bridge.

Harsco has provided a variety of Self Climbing Formwork (SCF) systems, plus MANTO® to wall shuttering formwork, link beams, hoists and other associated equipment to help create the 1380-metre suspension bridge which will have one of the world’s longest individual spans measuring 1310 metres.

Main project contractor, Veidekke ASA of Norway, was impressed with Harsco’s ability to understand the complexities of this particular project, and draw on its considerable experience of similar projects to help design a practical, safe and efficient access solution.

This is enabling a number of significant challenges to be successfully overcome, including the need to accommodate the changing dimensions of the bridge pylons as they rise, and the requirement to construct SCF units that would operate inside the bridge pylons. These tasks are made more difficult by the difficult weather conditions on site, which at times can produce wind speeds of 36 miles per hour.

Harsco’s ability to provide a comprehensive portfolio of products and services for this project was another significant factor in Veidekke’s decision. This is helping simplify the project by enabling Veidekke to work with just a small number of contacts within Harsco, who are now able to co-ordinate the delivery of all the formwork, hoists and consumable materials to the site as required.

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