An announcement on the planned $3bn Qatar-Bahrain Causeway is tentatively expected in the coming months.

Torkel Rorstrand, managing director of Denmark’s Cowi in Qatar, says during AWCS that the project will take six to seven years to build. Therefore, if it is to be built in time for the World Cup, then a decision needs to be made on how the project proceeds.

The causeway is a key project for Qatar as it is hosting the Fifa World Cup in 2022.

The causeway was put on hold in June 2010 and the contracting consortium demobilised (MEED 6:6:10).

The consortium is led by a joint venture of state-owned developer Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and French contractor Vinci Construction Grand Projets. Germany’s Hochtief, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Dredging International from Belgium and the local Middle East Dredging Company (Medco) are the other consortium members.

Since the causeway was put on hold, there has been no progress on the project.