From Cowi Press Release
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]