E18, Norway

After two intensive years, the construction company NCC has finished asphalting the 23 km stretch of the E18 between Arendal and Tvedestrand in southern Norway.

NCC has laid 300,000 tonnes of asphalt on the new motorway to a depth of 200 mm, including a 45 mm surface course. This means that the project is probably the biggest Nordic asphalting assignment ever.

Nynas supplied all the bitumen for the project, totalling nearly 15,000 tonnes, from its depot in Drammen. Of this, around 2,500 tonnes was Nypol 86, a polymer-modified binder (PMB) with good deformation resistance.

One of the big challenges for NCC was laying such large volumes of asphalt in a relatively short period of time. But, according to District Manager Sigve Andersen, all the logistics worked really well.

“Thanks to early planning and continuous dialogue with Nynas, the haulage contractor Iveland and other parties, we have been able to ensure the successful completion of the project,” he says.

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