Monday, November 23, 2009

Arabian Road And Rail Freight Link Will Commence Construction Next Year

Money Available for Worlds Largest Causeway
Shipping News Feature

UAE – The proposed high speed rail freight and passenger link between Qatar and Bahrain Island will proceed despite financial concerns, according to reports in from the area. The land – sea bridge should commence construction next year and will consist of a two lane highway with emergency lanes to run in each direction and a double railtrack system being constructed when the roadway is completed.

The causeway will stretch for forty kilometres between Ras Ashiraj in Western Qatar and Askar in Eastern Bahrain and cost an estimated $2.7 billion. The project is being undertaken with funds from both of the UAE states involved and through investment monies. The original plans were proposed in 2001 and construction approvals granted in 2005. Initial works should have commenced earlier this year with Houston based Kellogg, Brown and Root overseeing design, project management and construction supported by a consortium of companies, principally the French Vinci Construction and Germany’s Hochtief Construction AG and Greek builders Consolidated Contractors Group.

The causeway will have to deal with several problems before completion. Prices are being renegotiated by all parties in the light of the new economic situation and physically the bridges will have to maintain clearances of over 130 feet in places to allow the passage of shipping.

The highways are now due for completion by 2013 with the railways seeing its first services by 2015.