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Longest bridge in Kuwait set for 2019 completion
January 7, 2019, 11:20 am

The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway, which could be the longest in the world, is slated to be completed in April.  The project, which reclaimed 1.5 million sq m, will connect Kuwait City to Subiyah New Town and pass over Kuwait Bay. Moreover, it will include two ports and the main administration building. 

According to South Korea media, Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C) won the contract for the $2.6 billion project six years prior and construction will end in 2019. The total length of the bridge is 48.53 km, which includes the 36.1 km-long main bridge and the 12.43 km-long Doha Link.

In November 2013, Hyundai E&C along with a local company Combined Group were awarded the project, with the Korean builder's share around 78 percent of the total construction cost of the project.

It marked the largest civil engineering project landed by a Korean contractor since the waterway order from Libya in 1984.

The core of this project is the construction of the main bridge. The central part of the marine bridge, a 340 meter section, was built in the form of an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge, which requires high-level design and construction technology. In a commonly used design of cable-stayed bridges, bridge tops are connected with pylons through cables. But it is not common to build an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge. The main bridge of Sheikh Jaber Causeway will have connect cables to one side of its sail-shaped pylon.

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