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73pc WORK COMPLETED

$3bn Kuwait causeway on track for 2018 opening

KUWAIT, March 9, 2017

Kuwait said about 73 per cent of the work on its ambitious $3-billion Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Causeway project (also known as The Subiya bridge) has been completed and the 36-km-long engineering marvel is on track for launch in 2018.

Once completed, Subiya, one of the world's longest causeways, will cut the driving time between Kuwait City and Subiya to 20-25 minutes from 90 minutes now, reported AFP, citing a senior official.

The causeway contract was awarded to a consortium led by South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and Construction along with Kuwait's Combined Group Contracting Company. 

The bridge, located between 9 m and 23 m above sea level, sits on more than 1,500 piles with a diameter of up to 3 m each, some of which have been driven as deep as 72 m (240 ft) into the loose clay seabed, stated project engineer Mai Al Messad.

Kuwait is building one of the world's longest causeways to its remote north where it will pump billions into "Silk City", aiming to revive the ancient Silk Road trade route.

Investment in the Silk City project is expected to top $100 billion, and a 5,000-megawatt power plant has already been built in Subiya, said the report.

The oil-rich emirate's move comes as part of its plan to reinvigorate the ancient Silk Road trade route by establishing a major free trade zone linking the Gulf to central Asia and Europe, it added.

"The causeway project is a strategic link connecting Kuwait City to the northern region," said Ahmad Al Hassan, assistant undersecretary for road engineering at the public works ministry.

He told AFP that in addition to the fully integrated residential Silk City, other economic ventures are planned for Subiya and its surroundings.

Completing the causeway and harbour projects will pave the way for transforming the area into a commercial and investment hub with a free trade zone planned on five small islands nearby.

"We have already completed 73 per cent of the project and hope to finish it ahead of the contractual period," stated Messad.

A large container port is also under construction on nearby Bubiyan, Kuwait's largest island, she added.




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