ESS and Skanska.
The European Spallation Source (ESS AB) signed a contract yesterday with Skanska worth SEK 670 M to finance the first phase of construction for the world-leading neutron science facility. The construction work covered by the agreement is to be executed by Skanska Sweden (75 percent) in collaboration with Skanska UK (25 percent).
The contract covers excavation works, necessary infrastructure at the construction site, the ESS accelerator tunnel and a number of adjoining buildings. Construction work included in this agreement will start immediately.
ESS and Skanska signed a collaboration agreement for the whole project in February 2014. The complex project is divided into several stages, and separate agreements will be settled at the beginning of each stage. Skanska and ESS are now planning and discussing the scope and target cost for the next phase.
ESS is a consortium of European nations cooperating in the design and construction of one of Europe’s largest active infrastructure projects. First neutrons are expected at ESS by 2020, with the user program expected to begin in 2023.
Skanska Sweden is one of Sweden's largest construction companies, with operations in building and civil engineering construction. The business unit has about 11,000 employees in Sweden.