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Norway is planning to build a 1.7km tunnel for freight and passenger ships, costing around $319 million.

The Stad tunnel will be built on Norway’s west coast in a region known to be particularly perilous, allowing ships to travel safely within fjord waters between the Norwegian Sea and North Sea.

45 metres high and 36 metres wide, the tunnel will be able to accommodate ships with a draft of up to 12 metres. It will take roughly a decade to build and a portion of it will pass underneath a mountain.

The tunnel will allow safe passage all year round, which will benefit the development of industry and tourism in the region, according to Bjorn Lodemel, MP for Sogn and Fjordane.

(Source: Splash 24/7)

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