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COWI has just signed a contract with the Ministry of Public Works in Kuwait to carry out the feasibility study on what will be the fifth longest bridge in the world. The bridge will be 22 km long and will connect Kuwait City with the development region Subiyah, which lies across the bay. The bridge will be a low-level bridge with a number of embankments near the coast. To allow ships passage to the Kuwait harbour the bridge will be suspended over the channel. It is expected that the bridge will be completed in five to six years.

The bridge is a step in the development of the northern region of Kuwait, which has until now been a part of the desert. This area has been allocated for urban and industrial development. The contract is for the first phase of the project which COWI will carry out in collaboration with local companies and the Danish companies Sund & Baelt, DHI and Dissing + Weitling.

"It is an exciting multidisciplinary project which confirms COWIs international standing within bridges and fixed links" says department head Dan Olsen, COWI.

The project incorporates environmental and engineering studies which place focus on continuity and economic viability. The activities will include traffic assessments, alignment studies, design of bridges and embankments as well as economic and financial studies. Furthermore, the environmental effects, hydrologic, bathymetric, and geotechnical aspects will be included in the study.

In Denmark, COWI has been involved in the construction of the Great Belt Link and the Sound and has carried out feasibility studies for the Fehmarn Belt between Denmark and Germany. Internationally, COWI is at present involved in the design of the worlds longest cable stayed bridge in Hong Kong, in the Chaco suspension bridge in Chile and the worlds longest road link, the Qatar-Bahrain Causeway. COWI has recently, together with local engineering companies, won two large bridge projects, the Sutong Bridge and the Ly Yang - Deep Water Harbour Bridge in China.

Director of Bridges, Marine and Foundation Engineering Anton Petersen, [email protected]
Head of Department Dan Olsen, [email protected]


http://bridgepros.com/projects/kuwaitbridge/

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there will be a bridge between abu dhabi and qatar but not like the one on the map... THe one on the map show a link between abu dhabi ( city ) and doha. The one that they will probably build will link the end of abu dhabi ( emirate) close to saudi arabia with qatar
 

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WOW EMIRATES ME!! LOL dont u think thats too much of a bridge? they can issue free air plane tickets for all emaratis and qataris with the price of that bridge hehehe :p. man seriously thats gigantic! image if they made it in a vertical way ;) (a skyscraper that would reach for space hahaha)

the one in the UAE is cooler than the one in kuwait.
 

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JABIR al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah Bridge

The bridge will cost 1500 million us$.it will reduce the traveling time between kuwait city and alsubiya from 50 min to 20 min and it will be 36km starting from kuwait city to alsubiya.
This bridge will be servicing two new cities one is industrial and the other will be residential city but the mean preps of constructing such a massive project is the new sea port (bubyan port) which will be located south of bubyan island the sea port will cost 1200 million us$ phase one , it will be completed in sixteen years over five phases , and that would raise kuwait container handling capacity to 2.4 million container annually .
 

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What would be complete in sixteen years? The bridge or the port?
The bridge should be completed in 2011 ,but the port will be completed in 5 phases the over 16 years, this will be a massive sea port it will be the mean gate to iraq ,but i still think 16 years is to much.
We will wait and see i think they will change that if the economic grow and demand in iraq and kuwait was much higher that expected
 

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This is way too much. 16 years is a very long time. I might be mistaken, but it seems to me that kuwait isnt really capitalizing on Iraq. Kuwait, no with the threat of saddam gone, has so much opportunities. It seems very economical they start operating a very big port, build half a dozen hotels, new road infrastructure (highways to and from iraq) and to invest more in general service industries. I might be mistaken and kuwait has already start on this kind of stuff... then again im ight be right.
 

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Dubai-Lover said:
btw - where is all this coming from? any reliable sources?
I have a good friend in Ministry of Planning, and most of what i post it was all in kuwaiti new paper , all of this project was planed long time ago , like for example the rail way link to iraq and the bobiayn sea port and a new airport in the north of kuwait and developing failak island and much much more all of this project were put on hold , because the threat from the iraqi and iran war and the iraqi invasionin 1990 , the rebuilding of oil industry infrastructure cost 50 billion us$ only by it self nor the cost of first gulf war in 1991 which was 61 billion us$ and don't forget the Kuwaiti stock exchange market crash in the early 1980's which cost the government more that 86 billion us$ .
All that was a big step down to kuwait , as a result of all that most of kuwaiti business men lost interest in the kuwaiti market and start looking over sea's for new opportunity.Kuwait is a frozen since 1978 simple as that .
However i will try to find a reliable source in english to support my claim , sorry for any inconvenience.
 

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Bubyan new sea port

Kuwait City: The establishment of a modern mega port on Bubyan, Kuwait's largest island, is expected to cost about $850 million and will be completed in five phases over 16 years, a senior government official has said.

Jasem Al Oun - head of the government agency for implementing agreements in the Neutral Zone (with Saudi Arabia), development of Kuwaiti islands and mega projects - also said that preliminary feasibility studies showed that the country was in dire need of the port.

Replying to a parliamentary question by MP Mohammad Al Mutair, Al Oun said the idea of establishing the port was first floated at the end of March last year, and the Cabinet commissioned the agency the following month to carry out a feasibility study.

The study determined that demand for containers in Kuwait would rise from the current 800,000 annually to 2.4 million in 2020.

It also showed that existing Kuwaiti ports will not be able to cope with the future increase in containers and freight and that some of these ports are facing difficulty in handling imports due to their limited capacity, he added.

Plans to expand Kuwaiti ports will not be sufficient to cope with the expected rise in activity, which strengthens the need for a new port, added the study.

Al Oun added that the expected return on investment from establishing the port was calculated at 15 per cent per year, when other benefits such as generating economic activities and services, creating jobs and strategic benefits for Kuwait were taken into account.

- The writer is an Arab journalist based in Kuwait
http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/Business2.asp?ArticleID=126025

Bubyan moving forward: May 2004

Kuwait Consultants and Investment Co (KCI) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development have inked a US$1.5 mill agreement to conduct a feasibility study on a new port to be built on the Kuwaiti northern Island of Bubyan. :cheers:

KCI’s deputy director general Samiha Al-Huamidi said the study contract is line with the recent Kuwaiti cabinet decision....

http://www.worldcargonews.com/htm/n20040501.131551.htm
 

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32 km, longer than the bridge in Portugal. The Abu Dhabi bridge appears that it would take possibly many decades to complete, unless everyone in the world 'chip-in' for some labour.
 

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port on Bubiyan Island

Kuwait invites bids for major Container Port Project
Kuwait : 1-May-2005

Kuwait has invited bids for building the first phase of a state-of-the-art container port on Bubiyan Island at a cost of around $2 billion. About (17) international and local companies have been pre-qualified to submit bids for the main contract. The port is expected to commence operations by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

The first phase involves building a 34-kilometre road linking the new port to Iraq's Umm Qasr Port, dredging works and main infrastructure of the port at a cost of around $1 billion. It also involves building a railway parallel to the road and a bridge that links the island to the mainland at a cost of $400 million.

Companies have three months to submit their offers and the ministry will make a selection within a month after that. All contracts are expected to be signed before the end of this year. The capacity of this port after the conclusion of the first phase will be around one million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Capacity will rise to 2.5 million TEUs a year after the third and final stage in 2016. A private company will be set up to manage the port.

http://www.sell2arabia.com/NewsDetail.asp?NewsId=2008
 
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