Posted By:Infra Bazaar
Below listed are some of the largest world's largest construction projects which are underway. The projects are ranging from airports to dams to dams to space stations etc. Some of these are much admired, such as architect Zaha Hadid's stunning Terminal 1 in Beijing's International Airport and others, such as Sellafield's huge nuclear reclamation project in England, are widely acclaimed.
1. Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai
Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport expands over more than 21 square miles. It is scheduled to be completed by 2018 and the facility is designed to handle 200 wide-body aircraft at a time. The airport's second expansion phase alone has an estimated cost of more than $32 billion.
2. Jubail II, Saudi Arabia
The project is slated to be finished in 2024 began its second phase construction in 2014 with an $11 billion expansion. When completed, it will comprise of at least 100 industrial plants, an 800,000 cubic meter desalination plant, miles of railways, roads and highways and an oil refinery producing at least 350,000 barrels per day.
3. Dubailand, Dubai
Scheduled for completion by 2025, this is spread over 278 square kilometers budgeted at $64 billion can fit three times Walt Disney World inside this complex. It has six parts: theme parks, sports venues, eco-tourism, health facilities, science attractions, and hotels. It will also have the world's largest hotel with 6,500 rooms and a 10 million square foot mall.
4. International Space Station, Space
Created by a consortium of 15 nations and 5 space agencies, the ISS circles the earth every 92 minutes. The current construction cost is scheduled at $60 billion. With an estimated expansion cost at $1 trillion it could become a habitat for up to one million off-planet occupants.
5. South-to-North Water Transfer Project, China
China has funded this construction project of building three huge canals, each more than 600 miles long, carrying water to the North from China's three largest rivers. The North of China is home to almost 50 percent of China's population, but has only about 20 percent of the country's water resources. The project has a 48 year construction schedule. Upon completion it will supply 44 billion cubic meters of water each year.
6. London Cross-rail Project
With the first new track going into service by 2018 and remaining all tracks by 2020. The project is scheduled to complete in phases. Adding 26 miles of tunnel connecting 40 stations this underground project is bound to grow. The estimated cost of construction is $23 billion.
7. Three Gorges Dam, China
The world's largest dam is a mile and a half long and about 60 stories high. The $59 billion dollar Yangtze River project was completed and put into service in 2003. Its electrical generation capacity is more than eight times greater than Hoover Dam but still supplies only two or three percent of China's 2016 energy needs.
8. Sellafield Nuclear Site, England
With construction costs exceeding $15 billion covering over 700 acres, this is the U.K.'s primary nuclear-fuel reprocessing facility. One of its primary activities is the reprocessing of Magnox, a nuclear fuel, from UK nuclear power stations.
9. Beijing Airport, China
The airport's first phase was completed by 2008 for the Olympic Games and further expansion is underway and is scheduled for completion by 2025. Beijing International Airport upon completion will surpass Dubai's Al Maktoum Airport in cost, total square miles and passenger and plane capacity. Terminal 1, designed by Zaha Hadid, incorporates numbers of sustainable design concepts in a futuristic building envelope.
10. Great Man-Made River Project, Libya
Libya has been working on the "Great Man-Made River" (GMR) project since 1985. The project scheduled to be completed by 2030 would be the largest irrigation project in the world. When completed, it will irrigate more than 350,000 acres of arable land and will substantially increase available drinking water in most of Libya's urban centers. The water source for the project is the underground Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System.