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Posted On: 7 May 2008 11:57 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Contract for Qatar-Bahrain causeway signed

Khalifa Al Haroon
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MANAMA: Vinci Construction Grands Projects, leader of a consortium of construction companies, and Middle East Dredging Company – Medco –(a subsidiary of CFE, a Vinci Group company) signed the design-build contract for the causeway between Qatar and Bahrain with the Qatar-Bahrain Causeway Foundation yesterday. The contract worth $3bn was signed in the Bahraini capital Manama. HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Bahraini Regent and Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifah witnessed the signing of the contract. The agreement was signed by Director of Legal Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry Dr Ahmad Hasan al-Hammadi and Pierre Berger, the Chairman of the French construction company Vinci Group. Also on the occasion, Sheikh Tamim and Sheikh Salman, along with the official members of the two delegations, attended a documentary film on the Qatar-Bahrain causeway. – QNA Longest bridge THE Qatar-Bahrain causeway project calls for the design and construction of a 40-km two-lane dual carriageway motorway between Qatar and Bahrain. The road will run over a total of 18km of embankments where the sea is shallow and 22km of viaducts and bridges over deep water, including two 400-metre cable-stayed bridges over shipping channels. The Friendship Bridge will create a direct link between Qatar and Bahrain, promoting trade and travel between the two countries. At present, the journey by road takes five hours; with the causeway, it will only take about 30 minutes. The project will have to comply with stringent environmental standards and ecological requirements. The construction company joint venture comprises Vinci Construction Grands Projets (leader), QDVC (a Qatari subsidiary owned 51% by Qatari Diar and 49% by Vinci Construction Grands Projets), Hochtief and CCC. The dredging will be carried out by Middle East Dredging Company (Medco). Work will start after nine months of studies and will be completed in 51 months. – Agencies