First publishedin World Highways
Concrete and cement from CEMEX is helping construct new tunnels under the Suez Canal in Egypt
is supplying over 500,000m3 of concrete and approximately 760,000tonnes of cement for major infrastructure projects related to the main canal in Egypt, the Suez Canal. These projects involve the construction of tunnels to connect Egypt’s mainland to the Sinai Peninsula and the development of a commercial seaport.
Through a joint venture with Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors, CEMEX is supplying 350,000m3 of concrete and 160,000tonnes of cement for the construction of two tunnels that extend from the outskirts of the city of Port Said in north-east Egypt to the Sinai Peninsula, passing under the Suez Canal. The construction of the twin 4km tunnels required the installation of three ready-mix batch plants on site to fulfil the project’s concrete demands.
This project forms part of the Egyptian government’s plan for the development of the Sinai Peninsula by improving accessibility. Historically, the only access to Sinai was through a single tunnel, slowing development possibilities and hindering transportation to and from Egypt’s mainland.
“As one of the main building materials suppliers, we take great pride in our participation in the development of these major infrastructure projects that will make a direct, positive impact on Egypt,” said Tarek Hammam, vice president of Ready Mix & Institutional Sales, CEMEX Egypt. “At CEMEX, our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations by providing high-quality, resilient building materials together with a superior customer experience.”
Additionally, CEMEX is participating in the transformation of the Suez Canal area by supplying 132,000m3 of concrete and 600,000tonnes of cement for the development of the commercial East Port Said seaport, a 4.5km construction area.