Taisei lands Palm island tunnel contract

07 August 2004
Japan's Taisei Corporationwas awarded in early August the design-and-build contract covering the subsea tunnel connecting the spine to the crescent on the Palm Jumeirah development. The Japanese contractor beat off competition from four other companies to take the award, which is valued at about AED 400 million ($109 million). The client is Dubai-based property developer Nakheel(MEED 30:4:04).

The 18-month contract calls for the construction of an 800-metre-long tunnel, with three lanes for traffic and two for pedestrians in each direction. The other bidders were: the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty, with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC); the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct; Germany's Bilfinger & Berger; and Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas).

The contract is the second tunnel award on the Palm project. The local Al-Naboodah Civil Engineeringis carrying out the contract to build two east-west service tunnels connecting the fronds of the Palm to the crescent (MEED 26:3:04).

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