Israeli officials have terminated a franchise agreement awarded in 2006 to an international engineering-construction consortium to build a $2-billion, 23-kilometer light-rail network in metropolitan Tel Aviv because the owner and its contractors cannot agree on financial terms. The gap between the government’s cost figure and that of the building team’s, comprising firms from Israel, China and Portugal, is said to be around $100 million. Israel also is set to seize $35 million in financial guarantees the consortium had provided. The team already has spent $65 million on the project, and the state has spent close to $250 million on related
Arch dams, classically curved monoliths situated in narrow valleys, are not as common as other types of dams, such as embankment dams and gravity dams. ENR takes a look at some of the biggest arch dams in the world, both completed and under construction.