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Hyundai E&C to complete work on Kuwait?s longest bridge this year

The opening of the new bridge is expected to decrease the travel time between downtown of Kuwait City and Subiya from over 70 minutes to about 20 minutes. (Image source: HDEC)

Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C) will complete the world?s longest landmark bridge in Kuwait this year

It is building Sheikh Jaber Causeway that connects Kuwait City to Subiyah New Town across Kuwait Bay.

The total length of the bridge to be completed this year is 48.53km, including the 36.1km long main bridge and the 12.43km long Doha Link, another Hyundai E&C project under construction in Kuwait. It is about 7km longer than Haiwan Bridge (41.58 km) in Qingdao, China.

In November 2013, Hyundai E&C won the US$2.62bn project along with a local company ? Combined Group.

The South Korean builder?s share of the project is US$1.8bn or 78 per cent of the total construction cost. It is the largest civil engineering project landed by a South 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-metre 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 connects cables to one side of its sail-shaped pylon.