Shell was a key partner in this historic mega-project, providing bitumen solutions and technical expertise throughout the construction process. Shell was the exclusive petroleum bitumen supplier for the main bridge deck and the exclusive bitumen supplier for the underwater tunnel. Its high-performance road bitumen and waterproof bridge coating products were also used in the construction of the Hong Kong section.

Zhang Xinsheng, Chairman of Shell China Group, said: “The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is a super-scale infrastructure project that is an historic milestone in China's development. Shell is very proud to have provided bitumen solutions and technical expertise for this complex project and world’s longest man-made sea crossing.”

The 55-kilometre (34-mile), six-lane bridge connects Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau over the Pearl River Delta. Touted as a wonder of the modern world, the bridge is designed to withstand extreme conditions such as high temperatures and humidity, a high-salt marine environment, as well as heavy traffic loads and extreme vibrations caused by strong winds along the Lingdingyang channel. Now open to traffic, the bridge significantly cuts driving time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai, a special economic zone in Guangdong Province, from 3.5 hours to 30 minutes.

Jason Wong, VP Specialities (Global Bitumen and Sulphur) at Shell, said: “The new bridge is an incredible feat of engineering that we helped to build with our partners in China. Shell is the major bitumen supplier for the bridge, providing bitumen solutions and technical expertise to ensure a finished product that could withstand extreme weather conditions. It’s a bridge to China’s future – connecting Hong Kong and Macau to other cities along the Pearl River Delta, shortening travel times in the region and boosting trade and tourism.”

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Shell Bitumen has been involved with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project since 2013, providing technical support and also consulting on the materials selection and design. Working together with the client, Shell Bitumen comprehensively analysed the challenges faced by the bridge construction and provided customised bitumen solutions and products as well as a stable supply of products, fully integrating high-quality resources domestically and abroad.

Notes to Editors: 

  • Shell is a leader in bitumen technology and currently holds 49 active patents linked to bitumen and asphalt. In 2017, Shell published the “Shell Bitumen Handbook, Sixth Edition”, which covers latest topics in bitumen technology and application.
  • Shell operates its global bitumen R&D Centre in Bangalore, India. Shell Bitumen also operates a network of Regional Solution Centres located in strategic regions: Strasbourg (France), Bangkok (Thailand) and Shanghai (China).
  • Shell is the world’s largest international bitumen marketer and delivers enough bitumen to help resurface 450 kilometres of road every day; enough to travel around the world four times in one year.
  • Shell Bitumen’s solutions have been used on a number of Formula One racetracks: Sakhir (Bahrain), Sepang (Malaysia), Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore), Hockenheim (Germany) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi). Shell has also recently paved the Bugatti Circuit in LeMans, France in 2016.
  • Shell supplies a wide range of high quality bitumen products, from standard-grade bitumen to special polymer-modified bitumen (PMB), which are marketed under the brand name Shell Cariphalte. Shell Cariphalte has been used in a number of iconic projects for applications such as highways, urban roads and porous asphalts for urban drainage systems. It is ideal for use in heavily trafficked locations such as airfields, racetracks and bus lanes. It can be particularly beneficial in heavy duty applications such as rail, ports, bridge decks, crack relief systems or overlaying concrete pavements and expansion joints.


Shell Bitumen Global:
Sonia Meyer

Royal Dutch Shell plc

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