The first phase of the highway linking Al- Faw Grand Port and the Silk Tunnel under the Khor Al Zubair channel would be completed next month, a spokesperson of Iraq’s transport ministry said. 

Hussein Jalil Al-Khafajia told Zawya Projects that Farhan Al-Fartousi, Director General of the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI), had announced that the Phase 1 of the 63-kilometre highway would be completed by August 2022.

Al-Khafajia added that Phase 1 extends for 51 kilometres.

In June 2022, Zawya Projects had reported that construction work on the Silk Tunnel, the Middle East’s largest underwater tunnel, had reached advanced stage of completion.

(Reporting by Majda Muhsen; Editing by Anoop Menon)