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Bam joint venture to build world's largest lock

A Bam joint venture with Eiffage will build the world’s largest lock in Antwerp in a €272M (£236M) project that will take four and a half years to complete.

The construction of the lock in the Waaslandhaven — a zone which is part of the Antwerp port area — on the left bank of the River Scheldt will be one of the largest infrastructure projects in Flanders over the next few years.

The lock — which will measure 68m wide and 500m long — is needed in the Waaslandhaven in order to allow shipping traffic there to continue to expand.

These are the same dimensions as the Berendrechtsluis lock, currently the largest in the world — although the new lock will be deeper than the Berendrechtsluis, thereby making it the world’s largest once complete. Construction will begin at the end of October.

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