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December 12, 2007

Longest sea-bridge completes preparatory work

Much preparatory work for the construction of the Second Pinang Bridge in northern Malaysia, the longest cross-sea bridge in Southeast Asia, has been completed, a
representative from China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) said on Monday.

Topography surveys and underwater surveys have been completed and soil investigation is under way, said Lu Yan, chief representative of CHEC's office in Malaysia.

Test piling for the construction of the 22.8-km bridge linking the Pinang Island and the Peninsular Malaysia in Malaysia's northern state of Pinang already has began and dredging has been undertaken to deepen the seabed to allow the piling barge access into shallower waters, he said.

On July 13 this year, CHEC signed a contract with Malaysia's UEM Group to build the bridge, which is expected to be finished by2011.

The Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM) also signed an agreement with Malaysia on that day to grant a loan facility of 800 million U.S. dollars to start the Second Pinang Bridge project in northern Malaysia. 

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