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The 40km causway linking gas exporter Qatar to the island kingdom of Bahrain was set to play a key role in improving infrastructure connections between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), but has been beset by problems.

“The project has seen many, many problems (and there were) also the political tensions,” a source close to the project told Reuters, adding “the team has been significantly decreased.”

The exact reason for the suspension of the project was not immediately clear, although Jassim Ali, a member of the economic committee of Bahrain’s parliament, said “the project has been on hold for some time, but it is not cancelled,” adding cost increases and financing issues had played a role.

Contractors for the project, the latest official cost estimate for which stands at $3 billion, include France’s Vinci and Germany’s Hochtief AG, Qatari Diar Real Estate and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).


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