Secret submarine base in the High North put up for sale
Olavsvern Naval Base outside Tromsø in northern Norway has been put up for sale. It could be yours for only $17,3 million.
- This could be a nice opportunity for subcontractors to the oil and gas industry, says Frode Karlsen, project manager in Skifte Eiendom, The Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (NDEA) which primary tasks relate to the planning, construction, administration, leasing and disposal by sale of defence estates and properties.
The country’s only submarine base north of the Polar Circle was closed in 2009. The abandoned naval base has been for sale since January 2011, but has only been on Norway’s most popular open market web site for a couple of weeks.
Built for $494 million back in 1967, today’s asking price of $17.3 million is a truly affordable.
- We've seen some interest for the property, and there have been some inquiries. But we're still in an early phase of the sale. We will arrange viewings during the summer, says Karlsen to Aftenbladet.
Located off the Northern Coast, just outside the city of Tromsø, the property has approximately 13,500 square meters of buildings above ground, about 2500 square meters quay and a real mountain resort of about 25,000 square including a dry dock for submarines or boats, large sized workshops, an office space, a warehouse, a tunnel system, an emergency power system and fuel cells.
The facility is designed to withstand a nuclear attack.
The base was used during the Cold War by American submarines that were on assignment in the Arctic Ocean. It was used as a naval base only until 2003, later it was reduced to a supply base.
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