Doha and Manama have concluded an agreement to go ahead with the long-planned Bahrain-Qatar causeway. They have also agreed to establish a special purpose company to implement the scheme.

Project costs are now estimated at $3,000 million. The link will run from the west coast of Qatar, near Zubairah, to Askar in eastern Bahrain. Denmark’s COWI carried out an initial feasibility

study on the 40-kilometre

link (MEED 21:1:05).

The deal was signed on

11 June during a meeting in

the Bahraini capital between Qatar’s Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

and his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Salman bin Hamad

al-Khalifa.

There has been talk of associating the causeway with a pipeline supplying Bahrain with Qatari gas. However, following the meeting, officials said that a gas supply agreement required further studies.