|Owner||Ministry of Public Works (MPW), State of Kuwait|
|Main Contractor||Hyundai Engineering & Construction|
|Duration of work||2013 - 2018|
The project will also see construction of two artificial islands, each around 30 hectares, which will house maintenance buildings, as well as resting and refuelling areas and two small harbours for pleasure boats.
The main objectives of the project are:
• to cut journey time across the bay to less than 30 minutes (today it takes around 90 minutes to cross the bay, following the coast road);
• to create new motorway routes to enhance the development planned to the north of Kuwait City;
• to encourage greater integration between the northern areas of the country and the central and southern districts which are densely populated;
• to reduce traffic congestion in the surrounding major roads.
The Combined Group Contracting Company (CGCC), a Kuwaiti contractor specialised in laying pipelines in the oil and gas sector and in road and tunnel construction, and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. (HDEC) from Korea, are the two project contractors. The project, which began in November 2013, is scheduled to take 1827 days, approximately five years, and is expected to be completed in 2018.