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Sat 13 Oct 2007 04:00 AM

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Malaysian firm to cap Burj Dubai

Samsung awards Eversendai $14.7mn contract to construct spire at top of world's tallest building.

Malaysia's Eversendai Corporation has won a US $14.7 million (AED 53.9 million) contract from Samsung Corporation for the structural steelworks on Emaar's Burj Dubai.

Work on the steel structure is set to begin this week - making Eversendai the first company in the world to carry out steel works at a 555.3-metre height.

"We can confirm that Samsung has taken on Eversendai to carry out the steel works for the Burj Dubai and to construct the spire at the top of the building," said So Young, spokeswoman, Samsung.

Eversendai will require more than 4,000 tonnes of structural steel for the Burj Dubai.

The company will build the spire from the inside of the building, and will then use a hydraulic pump to extend the spire out of the top. This will mean that the height is adjustable.

"The finished spire will actually be dropped down and built inside the building, and will be jacked up to full height; when it's ready the height will be locked off," said Fred Durie, executive director, Emaar.

"The project is scheduled to be finished next summer, but I think they may finish earlier with the way things are going."

Eversendai has worked on other major projects with Samsung, including Dubai Festival City and Burj Al Arab.

The company is also working on the Dubai Mall project.

Eversendai has completed more than 32 jobs in the Middle East in the last 11 years.

In September, Burj Dubai surpassed Toronto's CN Tower to become the tallest free-standing structure in the world.

According to the most recent estimation, the tower stands at 555.3 metres.

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