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Bauer completes piling for Red Sea tourism project

The US$5.2bn Red Sea Project is being developed on Saudi Arabia’s west coast, 500km north of the city of Jeddah. By 2030, a total of 28,000m² of beach, desert, mountains and volcanic areas across 22 islands will be transformed into a luxury tourist destination.

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) describes it as a “regenerative” project, which aims to protect, preserve and enhance the environment of the archipelago. Its goal is to achieve 100% reliance on renewable energy, a total ban on single use plastics and zero waste-to-landfill.

TRSDC appointed marine contracting specialist Archirodon to design and build three bridges for the project.

Archirodon tasked Saudi Bauer Foundation Contractors, a subsidiary of Bauer Spezialtiefbau, with the installation of the piles for the bridge structures.

In the first phase of the project, Bauer carried out a load test on three test piles. And in the second phase, it installed a total of 37 onshore piles with a diameter of 1,300mm for two new bridges.

For the central bridge, which connects the main island of Shurayrah with the mainland, 60 piles with a diameter of 1,500mm and 27 piles with a diameter of 1,300mm were installed. This formed the third project phase off the coast.

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