06 June 2012
A joint venture of China Harbour and Bouygues subsidiaries VSL and Dragages Hong Kong has landed the contract for the first section of the 29.6km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
The contract is worth HK$12.9 billion (US$1.66 billion) including provisional sums. At this point, Bouygues Construction is recording an order value of HK$6.3 billion.
This contract covers the first section of the bridge between Hong Kong and the cities of Zhuhai and Macao. The joint venture will build a 9.4km section of the bridge from the island housing the international airport to the boundary of Hong Kong territorial waters.
The bridge will carry a dual three-lane carriageway over Hong Kong’s deep western waters. Completion of the project represents a number of major challenges, said Bouygues. The bulk of the works are to be completed using marine-based equipment, requiring special logistical arrangements. At the same time, navigational channels must be maintained open throughout construction. Proximity to the airport means that very strict height restrictions will also need to be observed.
Work will start in the middle of this year and will involve 800 staff at peak periods and close to 400 people in the manufacture of the structural components. The project will last 54 months, with handover planned in 2016.