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Shanghai Tower builder looking for ‘iconic’ skyscraper project abroad

SHANGHAI Construction Group plans to build an iconic skyscraper building like Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Unit-ed Arab Emirates, somewhere in the world within five years as it aims to shift its focus to the overseas market, the top official of the group said today.

The group that is building Shanghai’s new tallest building, the Shanghai Tower, wants to use the 632-meter building to promote its brand overseas and is looking for proper projects in North America and the Middle East, said Hang Yingwei, deputy president of the group.

Hang did not address whether the company aspires to build a structure taller than Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8m is the world’s tallest manmade structure.

“The group has gained some reputation by building highways and bridges in some developing countries and many embassies or consulates in the North America,” Hang said at a news conference today.

The state-owned enterprise inked contracts with total value of 5 billion yuan (US&826 million) in the overseas market in 2013. The number is expected to increase greatly in 2014, he said.

Major construction projects include the 143-kilometer No. 214 Highway and the 1,713m Mekong River Bridge in Cambodia, a gold mine in Eritrea in which the group owns a 60 percent stake, as well as a 50,000-seat sta-dium in Zambia and the new campus of the Dominica State College.

“Though many of the overseas projects are in developing countries now, the group is looking for opportunities in the United Arab Emirates and North America,” Hang said.

The group has finished 55 projects in 25 nations that include a total of 1.45 million square meters of buildings and over 10 million kilometers of roads and bridges.


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