$2.6bn contract was awarded six years ago to Hyundai E&C and local company Combined Group
The world’s longest bridge, Sheikh Jaber Causeway, linking Kuwait City to Subiyah New Town across Kuwait Bay is set for completion in 2019, reported South Korean media.
Korean company, Hyundai Engineering and Construction (Hyundai E&C) will complete the bridge, six years after winning the $2.6 billion project in November 2013, along with local company Combined Group. Hyundai E&C’s share of the project is 78% of the total construction cost. Reports also stated that this is the largest civil engineering project landed by a Korean contractor since the waterway order from Libya in 1984.
The total length of the bridge is 48.53 km, including the 36.1 km-long main bridge and the 12.43 km-long Doha Link, which is also another project under construction by Hyundai E&C in Kuwait. Sheikh Jaber Causeway will be about 7 km longer than Haiyan Bridge (41.58 km) in Qingdao, China.
Business Korea also reported that the core of the project is the construction of the main bridge. The central part of the marine bridge, a 340-meter section, is built in the form of an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge, which requires ‘high-level design and construction technology’.
Recently, Kuwait’s state news agency also reported that Kuwait’s Public Roads and Transportation has announced the inauguration of a 4.7 km ‘land-section’ within the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway scheme which is part of the link within the causeway that starts at Al-Ghazali Bridge.