China: Tender for Macau-Zhuhai-Hong Kong bridge launched soon

18 February 2008

Macau, China, 18 Feb – The public tender for construction of the Macau-Zhuhai-Hong Kong bridge, which will be 36 kilometers long and cost over US$7.5 billion, is due to be launched soon, according to Chinese officials.

Bi Jingquan, the deputy chairman of the China National Development and Reform Commission (CNDRC) said Saturday in Zhuhai that there was a consensus amongst the Macau, Guangdong and Hong Kong authorities on financing the bridge.

In July 2007, the CNDRC said that a third of the project would be funded by the governments of Macau, Guangdong and Hong Kong whilst the remaining two thirds would be the responsibility of the company chosen to build the bridge, which will hold the concession and charge tolls on the bridge for a period of 50 years.

The deputy chairman of the CNDRC also said that the bridge would include an underwater tunnel linking two islands that would be built on the riverbed in order to allow ships to pass.

Bi noted that construction of the bridge was part of the Chinese central government’s national infrastructure program.

Hong Kong businessman and member of the Chinese National Popular Assembly, Gordon Wu, who first put forward the idea for the bridge in 1983, announced he was prepared to put forward a proposal for its construction.

In August 2007, the Macau government ordered a survey from a group of consultants in order to decide the location of the bridge.

A consortium made up of Ove Arup & partners Hong Kong Ltd. And Consulasia – Consultores de Engenharia e Gestão, Limitada de Macau was chosen to carry out the survey.

The consortium will survey the potential places where the bridge will be linked to Macau as well as assessing its impact on traffic, the environment and drainage system and will study its potential outline, land occupation and budget, amongst other aspects. (macauhub)