Cowi to work on $530m Bangladeshi tunnel project


Denmark-based consulting group ​​Cowi has been awarded a contract to approve the design and construction of $530m Karnaphuli tunnel in Bangladesh.

The tunnel forms part of the One Belt One Road initiative, which is touted be the world's largest and most extensive infrastructure investment connecting China with Europe and Africa.

Measuring 3.4km in length, the tunnel under the Karnaphuli River is part of a 20km highway. The project is primarily funded by the Chinese investment through The Export-Import Bank of China under the One Belt One Road initiative.

The 500m of tunnel approach structures and working shaft structures will commence in June and run through to February 2018. Work on access roads and viaduct will start in early 2018 and last till 2021.

Bo Bendtsen vice president in Cowi tunnels and underground infrastructure said: "COWI, together with local consultancies, has been chosen to review and approve the design and ensure that all construction and design meets the standards as described in the project. Having us and the Australian partner SMEC is a condition for the investment and our job is to ensure the right quality in the construction."

Cowi vice president of bridges international Tina Vejrum said: "Connectivity is key in OBOR and this is spot on COWI's core competencies and services. ​The Forum was an excellent opportunity to meet with business partners, exchange information on the OBOR initiative and identify areas for further collaboration."

"We are consultants on one of the first projects in the OBOR and look forward to hopefully sign up for many more. There will be a huge demand for suppliers within bridge, tunnel and marine projects, where we have a lot of experience," she added.

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