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Global infrastructure projects

Infrastructure development is a key driver for economic growth and wellbeing of a country. Investment in infrastructure improves national, interregional and international networks and connectivity for people, business and trade.

Design Build Network’s global infrastructure projects dashboard provides analysis and insights into the global infrastructure construction activity, the infrastructure project pipeline, and the momentum index for global infrastructure projects.

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Global infrastructure project pipeline volume by country

Design Build Network provides insight on the number of infrastructure projects in the world by country and stage of development.

A total of 67 infrastructure projects were started in 2020, while 45 projects were completed.

The US was home to the highest number of infrastructure projects whose construction was commenced in 2020 with 12 projects, followed by Russia and Australia with four projects each.

Global infrastructure project pipeline value by country

Design Build Network provides analysis of the total investment value of infrastructure projects by country and stage of development, from GlobalData’s construction projects database.

Infrastructure construction projects with a combined value of $41.75bn were started in 2020, while projects worth $11.25bn combined were completed.

Kuwait started infrastructure construction projects worth $10.5bn, followed by the US with $6.09bn and Bangladesh with $6bn in 2020.

Momentum Index for global infrastructure projects

The momentum index is based on scoring the latest developments on projects from +5 to -5 based on the degree to which a development is positive, such as construction commencing or a contract awarded, or negative, such as delays or cancellations. The overall momentum score is the average score for the month, weighted by the project values.

Design Build Network’s infrastructure projects momentum index, which is based on GlobalData’s construction projects database, depicts the monthly and trend scores of projects.

Monthly score is the average event score for all projects updated in a month, while trend score is the three-month moving average of the monthly score.

Top 100 global infrastructure projects as of November 2021

Design Build Network has identified the world’s 100 biggest infrastructure projects by value as of November 2021 based on GlobalData’s construction projects database.

Moscow-Yekaterinburg High Speed Railway Line, Russia, High Speed 2 Rail Link, UK, and High-Speed 2 Rail Line, US topped the list of the world’s 100 biggest infrastructure projects by value.

The top five projects together accounted for a combined value of $508.1bn.

Project Name Project Value(US$ m) Project Owner Location Stage
Moscow-Yekaterinburg High Speed Railway Line 157,000 High Speed Rail Lines Russia Planning
High Speed 2 Rail Link 86,000 High Speed Two Hs2 Ltd United Kingdom Execution
High-Speed Rail Line 80,300 California High-Speed Rail Authority United States Execution
Trans-Asean Railway Line 67,300 Thailand Ministry of Transport (MoT) Thailand Execution
Tokyo to Nagoya Maglev Line 65,222 Central Japan Railway Co Japan Execution
Gwadar-Kashgar Railway Line 62,000 China’s Ministry of Railways;Ministry of Railways, Pakistan Pakistan Planning
Northern Powerhouse Rail 52,280 Department for Transport (DfT), UK;High Speed Two Hs2 Ltd;Network Rail Ltd;Transport for the North United Kingdom Planning
Tel Aviv Underground Metro System 45,527 NTA - Metropolitan Mass Transit System Israel Planning
Dalian-Yantai Undersea Railway Tunnel 42,395 State Council Of China China Planning
CST Freight Metro Tunnel 38,828 Forderverein Cargo Sous Terrain Switzerland Planning
Lyon-Turin High Speed Rail 38,080 Lyon Turin Ferroviare (LTF) France Execution
Grand Paris Express Metro Rail 37,415 Societe du Grand Paris (SGP) France Execution
Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop 36,666 Rail Projects Victoria;Victoria Government Australia Study
King Abdulaziz International Airport Expansion 35,000 General Authority of Civil Aviation Saudi Arabia Execution
New Moscow Metro Line Development 34,000 SUE Moscow Metro Russia Execution
Delhi to Chennai High-Speed Railway Line 32,300 High Speed Rail Corporation of India;Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd India Study
Dzhubga to Sochi Road Development 31,645 Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor) Russia Pre-Design
Cross Island MRT Line 28,978 Land Transport Authority of Singapore Singapore EPC Award
Hamad International Airport Expansion 28,600 Hamad International Airport Steering Committee (HIA);New Doha International Airport Qatar Execution
Chuo Shinkansen Maglev Line Expansion: Nagoya to Osaka Section 28,400 Central Japan Railway Co Japan Planning
Crossrail Line I 25,853 Bechtel Corp;Crossrail Ltd United Kingdom Execution
Floating Underwater Tunnels 25,000 Norwegian Public Roads Administration Norway Study
Riyadh Metro 24,800 The Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh Saudi Arabia Execution
Trans-Sumatra High-Grade Highway 24,600 Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia Indonesia Execution
Dubai Metro 23,000 Dubai Roads & Transport Authority United Arab Emirates Execution
Treno ad Alta Velocita High Speed Railway Line 22,600 Rete Ferroviaria Italiana Spa;SNCF Reseau Italy Execution
Mumbai-Nagpur High-speed Rail Corridor 21,322 Ministry of Railways, India India Planning
Sydney Metro West 19,631 Transport for NSW Australia EPC Award
Hong Kong International Airport Three-Runway System (3RS) 18,256 Hong-Kong Airport Authority Hong Kong Execution
Heathrow Airport Expansion 18,178 Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd United Kingdom Planning
Mumbai to Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor 17,201 National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd India Execution
Tehran Metro Line 17,000 Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Company (TUSRC) Iran Design
Tallinn to Helsinki Undersea Railway Tunnel 16,681 Harju County Government;Helsinki City Council;Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council;Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications;Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland;Tallinn city Government Estonia Planning
Dar Es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati Railway Line 16,000 Reli Assets Holding Co Ltd;Rwanda Transport Development Agency Tanzania Execution
John F. Kennedy International Airport Redevelopment 15,500 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey United States Execution
North-South Expressway Development 15,000 Ministry of Transport and Communications, Vietnam Vietnam Execution
Chennai Metro Rail 14,887 Chennai Metro Rail Ltd India Execution
Bulacan International Airport 14,510 Department of Transportation Philippines EPC Award
Tuas Mega Port Development 14,478 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Singapore Execution
Tel Aviv Light Rail System 14,000 Israel Ministry of Transport, National Infrastructures and Road Safety;NTA - Metropolitan Mass Transit System Israel Execution
Yibin-Panzhihua Expressway 13,569 Department of Transportation Of Sichuan ProvInce China Execution
Westconnex Motorway 13,407 Infrastructure NSW;Roads and Maritime Services;Transport for NSW Australia Execution
Quezon-Bicol Expressway 13,057 Department of Public Works and Highways Philippines Pre-Design
Trans-Hudson Tunnel Development 12,300 Gateway Program Development Corporation;National Railroad Passenger Corp;New Jersey Transit;The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey United States Pre-Design
Guangzhou-Zhanjiang High-Speed Railway 12,228 Guangdong Zhujiang Investments Co Ltd China Execution
Mumbai Metro Rail Development 12,000 Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority India Execution
East Side Access Tunnel 12,000 Metropolitan Transportation Authority United States Construction Complete
Istanbul New Airport 11,700 Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications, Turkey Turkey Execution
North East Link Road Development 11,246 Department of Transport Australia EPC Award
Lower Thames Crossing 11,208 Highways England Co Ltd United Kingdom Tender
Lagos to Calabar Railway Line 11,117 Ministry of Transportation, Nigeria Nigeria EPC Award
Dhaka to Chittagong High-Speed Rail Line 11,000 Ministry of Railways, Bangladesh Bangladesh Design
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Development 11,000 Sichuan ProvInce Airport Group Co Ltd China Execution
Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link 10,938 Roads and Maritime Services;Transport for NSW Australia Design
Targu Mures-Iasi-Ungheni Motorway 10,670 Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Romania;Ministry of Transport and Road Industry Romania Planning
Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel 10,556 Melbourne Metro Rail Authority;The Department of Transport, Victoria Australia Execution
Strait of Messina Bridge 10,411 ANAS SpA Italy Planning
Sangley Point International Airport 10,312 Department of Transportation and Communications, Philippines;Government of Cavite Philippines Tender
Western Distributor 10,000 Transurban Group;VicRoads Australia Execution
Ganzhou-Shenzhen High-Speed Railway Development 9,670 China National Railway Group Co Ltd;People's Government of Guangdong ProvInce;People's Government of Jinagxi ProvInce China Construction Complete
Bogota Metro System 9,600 Metro De Bogota Colombia Execution
Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link 9,503 Femern AS Germany Execution
Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit 9,500 PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta Indonesia Execution
Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal 9,400 ABK Venture Group LLC;LIGTT Project Company LLC United States Planning
Hamad Port Development 9,362 New Port Project Steering Committee (NPP) Qatar Execution
U-Tapao International Airport Expansion 9,340 Airports of Thailand Plc Thailand EPC Award
Purple Line Extension 9,300 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority United States Execution
Ruili-Menglian Expressway 9,205 Yunnan De meng Expressway Investment Development Co Ltd China Execution
Abu Dhabi Airport Expansion 9,200 Abu Dhabi Airports Co United Arab Emirates Execution
Navi Mumbai Metro Rail 9,098 City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd India Execution
Pan Borneo Highway Upgrade 9,000 Ministry of Works Malaysia Malaysia Execution
Beijing Metro Line 22 (Pinggu Line) 8,866 Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co Ltd;Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corporation China Execution
Moscow-Kazan Toll Road 8,864 AVTODOR Russia Execution
O'Hare International Airport Expansion II 8,500 Chicago Midway International Airport United States Execution
Henoko Runway Development 8,500 U.S. Department of Defense Japan Execution
Kuwait International Airport Expansion 8,500 Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Kuwait Kuwait Execution
Eglinton to Scarborough Crosstown LRT 8,400 Metrolinx Canada Execution
Second Gyeongbu Expressway 8,273 Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport South Korea Execution
Delhi-Mumbai Expressway 8,236 National Highways Authority of India India Execution
Montreal Metropolitan Light Rail Line Extension 8,209 City of Montreal;Government of Quebec;Ministry of Transport Quebec Canada Planning
Ganga Expressway 8,100 Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority India Tender
LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment 8,000 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey United States Execution
Basra Grand Faw Port 8,000 Iraq Ministry of Transport Iraq Execution
I-35 Highway Expansion 8,000 Texas Department of Transportation United States Study
Autopista De La Prosperidad Development 8,000 Invias Colombia Execution
Bangkok Metro Orange Line 7,860 Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand Thailand Execution
M6 Motorway Expansion 7,850 Roads and Maritime Services Australia Execution
Macau International Airport Expansion 7,355 Macau International Airport Co Ltd Macao Execution
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport Phase III Expansion 7,000 China West Airport Group China Execution
Belgrade to Bar Motorway 7,000 Geodata Engineering S.p.A;Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Republic of Serbia;Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Telecommunications, Montenegro Serbia Execution
Mumbai to Nagpur Expressway 6,991 Maharashtra State Road Development Corp Ltd India Execution
King Salman International Maritime Complex 6,800 Bahri;Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd;Lamprell Plc;Saudi Arabian Oil Co Saudi Arabia Execution
Jiuzhaigou-Mianyang Highway 6,755 Sichuan Expressway Construction Development Corporation;Sichuan Mianjiu Highway Co Ltd China Execution
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Airport 6,400 Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh Bangladesh Study
Makassar New Port Development 6,300 PT Pelabuhan Indonesia IV Indonesia Execution
Hangzhou-Taizhou Expressway 6,300 Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China China Execution
Changsha Huanghua Airport East Expansion Phase II: Terminal 3 6,129 Hunan Airport Co Ltd Changsha Huanghua International Airport Branch China Execution
Urumqi International Airport North District Expansion 6,047 CAAC Xinjiang Regional Administration;China National Aviation Fuel Group Co Ltd;Urumqi Linkong Development and Construction Investment Group Co Ltd China Execution
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Expansion 6,000 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport United States Execution
Cherchell El Hamdania Port Development 6,000 Ministry of Transport, Algeria Algeria Execution
Bahrain International Airport Expansion 6,000 Bahrain Airport Company Bahrain Execution
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Phase I Expansion 5,924 Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co Ltd China Execution
Source: GlobalData Top Global Projects

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