Marine Concrete Durability - Case Study
The world’s longest sea link – Zhuhai to Hong Kong and Macau – has a combined bridge and tunnel length of 55km. The sea link comprises three cable-stayed bridges, one 6.7 km tunnel, and two artificial islands.
Inaugurated by President Xi Jinping in 2018 and with a total construction cost of around US$20 billion, this mega construction project is one of the largest projects Elkem has supplied in China.
During the 2009 to 2017 construction period, more than 20,000 tonnes of Elkem Microsilica® was supplied to the project and used in high-performance concrete mixtures, helping to achieve the specified service life of 120 years.
Microsilica is regularly specified for marine concrete structures, to prevent damage from seawater – for example, to reduce permeability and to resist chloride ingress.
Other iconic marine concrete infrastructure where Elkem Microsilica® has been incorporated in the concrete mixture to increase durability includes the Bandra – Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, the East Sea Bridge in Shanghai, and the Øresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden.