Earthmoving equipment is the most important asset for the 10 of the world’s largest construction projects ranging from airports, dams, subways and industrial complexes to the International Space Station and its contemplated successors. These gigantic construction projects are unique for their unprecedented scale.
- Al Maktoum Airport – The Al Maktoum Airport,in Dubai, extends over more than 21 square miles and is scheduled for completion in 2018, the facility is designed to handle 200 wide-body aircraft at a time.
- Jubail II – This 22-year long Saudi Arabia industrial city project ,began its second phase in 2014. completed, it will comprise 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. The entire project is slated to be finished in 2024.
- Dubailand – Walt Disney World can fit three times inside this complex in Dubai. With 278 square kilometers, Dubailand will have 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. The project is scheduled for completion is 2025.
- International Space Station – The ISS circles the earth every 92 minutes. Created by a consortium of 15 nations and 5 space agencies the eventual cost of the space station and its contemplated expansions could exceed the trillion dollars, by which point it could become a habitat for up to one million off-planet occupants.
- South-to-North Water Transfer Project – 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. To remedy this imbalance, China has funded construction of three huge canals, each more than 600 miles long and carrying water to the North from China’s three largest rivers. The project has a 48-year construction schedule. When completed it will supply 44 billion cubic meters of water each year.
- London Crossrail Project – The world’s first underground continues to grow, adding 26 miles of tunnel connecting 40 stations. The project is scheduled for completion in phases, with the first new track going into service in 2018 and all remaining tracks in service by 2020.
- Three Gorges Dam – The world’s largest dam is a mile and a half long and about 60 stories high. 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.
- Sellafield Nuclear Site – 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.
- Beijing Airport – Beijing International Airport in China will surpass Dubai’s Al Maktoum Airport in cost, total square miles, and passenger and plane capacity. The airport’s first phase was completed in time for the 2008 Olympiad. Further expansion is scheduled for completion by 2025.
- Great Man-Made River Project – Libya has been working on the “Great Man-Made River” (GMR) project since 1985. It is 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 project is scheduled for completion in 2030.
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