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Silk Road meanders through the green landscape of Kazakhstan

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#9 Constructing the New Silk Road

It has been called the construction project of our century. The New Silk Road, formally the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will stretch over three continents and affect half of the world’s population. Just as the ancient Silk Road brought goods between East and West, new routes over land and by sea will once again transform the world we live in.

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One thousand operators are working on an important segment of the New Silk Road in Kazakhstan. We met Gaziz Dusekenov whose love for excavators has had an impact on a new generation.

More than two thousand operators, with one thousand machines, spread out along a distance of more than 600 kilometers. These are the conditions at the construction site in Kazakhstan.

“I love working in the beautiful nature here”, says Gaziz Dusekenov. He is one of 1,000 operators who are currently constructing the New Silk Road in Kazakhstan.

The New Silk Road will be a game-changer for global logistics. In Kazakhstan, the transformation has already started. Read all about the megaproject of our century.

The construction of the New Silk Road is currently taking place in 66 countries. Want to know the budget? Have a look at some of the project’s key figures.

Construction work transforms the world. Some projects more than others. Here is a list of six projects that were true global game-changers.

How will the world look like once the Belt and Road Initiative is finalized? We asked Parag Khanna, global strategy advisor.

The Belt and Road Initiative has a major effect on the construction business. Volvo is involved in 24 projects within the initiative. Now, the megaproject opens up for new collaborations.

Tunnel work is dark, deep and potentially dangerous. We went underground with Norway’s most experienced tunnel pros.

Hauler in front of sea

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#8 Driving under the fjords

In Boknafjorden, Norway, something fascinating is taking shape under the surface. Hundreds of meters below sea level, the world’s deepest – and longest – subsea road tunnel is carved out. The spectacular build is the first step in a major re-construction of the Norwegian West coast.

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One was dug by hand in China, another reshaped the geography of Europe and a third doubles as a drainpipe. Welcome to the fascinating world of tunnels.

Norway embarks on the country’s biggest infrastructure project in modern history. Here is the story on how the contemporary Vikings are shaping a new future under water.

Blasting foreman Arne Oddvar Haugeland has worked in tunnels for nearly half a century. Every day, he faces the risks of working subsea. “You need to trust your colleagues,” he says.

How long will it be? And how deep? We give you all the numbers on the construction of the world’s longest and deepest road tunnel under water.

Arne Oddvar Haugleand has worked in tunnels his whole career. Now, it is time to retire. Here is what he will miss the most.

A tunnel under water – how can that be done? Knut Storli, Foreman at contractor NCC, explains the challenges of building tunnels under the sea.

Cairo is one of the world’s most iconic cities. But the magic comes with a cost - severe congestion. Will the new capital wipe away Cairo’s traffic jams and give Egypt a greener future?

The new capital of Egypt will spread out over 700 square kilometers and cost around 45 billion USD to build. Here is the megaproject at a glance.

Pyramids in the background of Cairo

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#7 Egypt’s new wonder

The pyramids, the Sphinx and the Suez Canal – Egypt has the world’s most convincing cases of megaprojects. Now, a new marvel is added to the list – a brand new capital, the biggest purpose-built city in human history.

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Hany Abd El-Malak is more busy than ever. He is an operator trainer in Cairo, Egypt. The country’s megaprojects have created a crying need for skilled operators.

“Look at this place, one would think we have worked here for 30 years”. Watch operator Ibrahim Mohamed when working on the construction of Egypt’s new capital.

To be an excavator operator has become Ibrahim Mohamed’s life. He lives at the construction sites one month at the time, spending time away from his family. For him, the job is worth it.

The construction of a new capital in Egypt is one of the world’s most spectacular urban projects. We take a look at six other stunning city-builds around the world.

Egypt is constructing a whole new capital and the need for trained operators is huge. Come along to the training center outside Cairo where operator skills are taken to the next level.

Have you heard about sponge cities? We take a look at 5 new techniques that can transform water in the city from a hazard to a resource.

Logistics is a challenge when working in Sundarbans. Shantanu Mukherjee takes us to the construction site where the land disappears and recurs with the tide every day.

Sameer Manna is operating a Volvo excavator at one of the world’s most unique construction sites - the Sundarbans delta in India. His work will save lives.

Sundarbans in India is threatened by rising sea levels and extreme weather. A small team of operators are working non-stop to protect the land. Sameer Manna is one of them.

Rebuilding embankments in Sundarbans

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#6 Saving invaluable land

In Sundarbans, India, 4.5 million people are living under the constant threat of rising sea levels. This is the story of how Volvo CE excavators are building embankments in a pioneer project designed to save both lives and land.

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One third of the land disappears and recurs with the tide every day. This is the story of Sundarbans, one of the world’s most extreme settings for construction work.