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Kuwait's Korean-built Sheikh Jaber Causeway to open in 2019

Korea's Hyundai E&C reportedly set to complete 48.53km Sheikh Jaber Causeway this year

Sheikh Jaber Causeway in Kuwait will be one of world's longest bridges when it opens in 2019.
Sheikh Jaber Causeway in Kuwait will be one of world's longest bridges when it opens in 2019.

Korean contracting company Hyundai Engineering & Construction will complete one of the world’s longest bridges in Kuwait this year as it builds the Sheikh Jaber Causeway in the Arab country.

The 48.53km Sheikh Jaber Causeway is designed to link Kuwait City with Subiyah New Town, cutting across Kuwait Bay, and includes as 36.1km main bridge, and a 12.43km land link. The causeway is 7km longer than Qingdao, China’s 41.58km Haiwan Bridge, according to Business Korea.

The main bridge has been described by the report as “the core of the project”. The 340m central section of the marine bridge is built as an asymmetric cable structure that requires “high-level design and construction technology”.

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Hyundai won the $2.62bn (KWD794m) contract to build Sheikh Jaber Causeway in November 2013, alongside local builder Combined Group Contracting. Of the total value, around 78% of the total construction cost will be borne by the Korean construction company.

According to the report, the project is the largest civil engineering scheme won by a Korean contractor since a local firm was engaged to build a waterway in Libya in 1984.

The news came days after Kuwait’s Public Authority for Roads and Transportation announced it had inaugurated a 4.7km “land section” within the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway scheme. The section is part of a $545m (KWD165.7m) link within the causeway that starts at Al-Ghazali Bridge, according to Kuwait’s state news agency, Kuna.

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