List of megaprojects
Megaprojects may be defined as:
- Projects that cost more than US$1 billion and attract a lot of public attention because of substantial impacts on communities, environment, and budgets
- Projects can also be "initiatives that are physical, very expensive, and public"
Megaprojects require care in the project development process to reduce any possible optimism bias and strategic misrepresentation. Examples of megaprojects include bridges, tunnels, highways, railways, airports, seaports, power plants, dams, wastewater projects, Special Economic Zones (SEZ), oil and natural gas extraction projects, public buildings, information technology systems, aerospace projects, and weapons systems.
This list identifies a wide variety of examples of major historic and contemporary projects that meet one or both megaproject criteria identified above.
- Airbus A380, a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS.
- Antonov An-225 (1988), the longest and heaviest aircraft in the world in service.
- Rockwell B-1 Lancer, a supersonic bomber with a variable-sweep wing built in the 1980s as a strategic bomber. It has since acquired conventional and multi-role capabilities.
- Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, a US heavy bomber with "low observable" stealth.
- Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the first nuclear bomber, which cost 50% more than the development of the bombs in the Manhattan Project.
- Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the longest-running bomber program in the world with decades of service, one of the largest military aircraft ever built.
- Boeing 2707 and Lockheed L-2000 supersonic aircraft projects, initiated in 1963 via a US government-funded competition to build the United States' first Supersonic Transport (SST), prototypes never built, ultimately canceled due to political, environmental and economic reasons in 1971.
- Boeing 747, a wide-body commercial airliner first produced in 1970, often referred to by the nickname Jumbo Jet, is among the world's most recognizable aircraft.
- Boeing 787, made in the United States with local and globally sourced parts, is the first major aircraft to be made largely out of composite materials
- Concorde, a supersonic passenger airliner, a product of an Anglo-French government treaty that combined the manufacturing efforts of Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation, first flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for twenty-seven years.
- Eurofighter Typhoon, a twin-engine canard–delta wing multirole aircraft designed and built by a consortium of three separate partner companies -- Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, and EADS—working through a holding company, Eurofighter GmbH, that was formed in 1986.
- F-22 Raptor, a single seat, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin that uses stealth technology.
- Rafale, a French twin-engine delta-wing fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. The Rafale is a multirole combat aircraft capable of simultaneously undertaking air supremacy, interdiction, reconnaissance, and the airborne nuclear deterrent missions.
- Sukhoi PAK FA/HAL FGFA, two variants of fifth-generation single and twin-engine stealth jet fighters jointly being developed by Sukhoi OKB and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Russian and the Indian Air Forces, respectively.
- F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine stealth multirole fighter manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Variants of the F-35 are planned to replace five classes of combat aircraft that are presently in use with roles as varied as close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions.
- F/A-18 Hornet, a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to intercept air threats and attack ground targets.
- KH-11 reconnaissance satellite, manufactured by Lockheed Corporation and launched between 1976 and 1990.
- Saab JAS 39 Gripen, a Swedish 4.5 generation Multirole Jet Fighter developed by SAAB since 1978. Estimated project cost is 19 billion USD.
- Tupolev Tu-144, the first supersonic transport aircraft, made by the Russian aircraft company Tupolev, first flown on 31 December 1968 and entered service on 26 December 1970.
- Chengdu J-20, a fifth-generation, stealth, twin-engine fighter aircraft prototype developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
- Tusaş TFX (Turkey), a Fifth-generation jet fighter being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with design assistance from Saab AB
Cost will be calculated either as an airport project or an airport construction if the project is not explicitly stated on the table.
Oil and gas projects
Rail and rapid transit projects
- Qinghai–Tibet Railway, the world's highest railway that connects Qinghai Province and Tibet Autonomous Region in China.
- Rail Axis Berlin-Palermo, European Union (Germany, Austria, Italy), a high speed corridor consisting of several projects including Brenner Base Tunnel and Strait of Messina Bridge
- Rail Axis Paris-Bratislava, European Union (France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia), a high speed corridor consisting of several projects including Stuttgart 21 and Vienna Main Station
Bridge and Tunnel projects
- Central Artery/Tunnel Project, widely known as the Big Dig, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel, Seattle, Washington, United States
- Marmaray tunnel, İstanbul, Turkey
- Atacama Large Millimeter Array,
- Compact Linear Collider, (plan)
- Envisat, an Earth observation satellite of European Space Agency (2002–2012)
- European Extremely Large Telescope,
- European x-ray free electron laser, in Germany, plan operating in 2015.
- Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research, in Germany (2012–)
- Human Genome Project, investigation to determine human genetic sequence (1990-Ongoing)
- International Linear Collider, (plan)
- ITER International nuclear fusion project, in France (2008-Ongoing)
- Large Binocular Telescope,
- Large Hadron Collider 14 TeV particle accelerator, in Switzerland and France (2000-Ongoing)
- Manhattan Project, in the United States (1945)
- National Ignition Facility, United States nuclear fusion project (1997-Ongoing)
- Neutrino Factory, (plan)
- Square Kilometre Array in Australia and southern Africa
- Superconducting Super Collider, canceled 40 TeV particle accelerator in Texas (1991–1993)
- Tevatron 2 TeV particle accelerator, in the United States (1983)
- Thirty Meter Telescope,
- Very Large Array, a radio astronomy observatory in USA
- India-based Neutrino Observatory (planned)
- Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a $2 billion particle physics experiment module that is mounted on the International Space Station (2011– )
- Apollo program (1960–1975)
- Buran program, canceled space shuttle program (1980–1993)
- Cassini–Huygens, a joint NASA/ESA/ASI spacecraft mission studying the planet Saturn and its many natural satellites since 2004. The total cost of this project is about $ 3.26 billion.
- Compass navigation system, an independent system of satellite navigation by People's Republic of China (Est. 2015–2017)
- Constellation program, cancelled planned moon landing spacecraft and space shuttle replacement, part lives on as future Crew Escape Vehicle for ISS (2005–2010)
- Gaia (spacecraft), an ESA's mission to create a 3D map of local Milky Way. ($ 1 billion)
- Galileo (spacecraft), a mission to Jupiter (1989–2003) ($ 1.5 billion as 2003.)
- Galileo Navigation Satellite System, a European Union and European Space Agency global satellite navigation system (Est. 2014)
- Global Positioning System, a global satellite navigation system created by the United States Air Force (1994)
- GLONASS, the Russian equivalent of GPS (1995)
- Herschel Space Observatory, ESA space observatory sensitive to the far infrared and submillimetre bands (€1,1 billion)
- Hubble Space Telescope
- International Space Station, multinational space station in low Earth orbit (1998–2020)
- James Webb Space Telescope (under construction, cost $ 8.8 billion in 2013)
- Juno (spacecraft), a NASA New Frontiers mission to the planet Jupiter (2011– )
- Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer, a planned mission to Jupiter (Est. 2022)
- Kennedy Space Center, The Main Spaceport in the USA.
- Mars Science Laboratory, $ 2.5 billion
- Mir, Russian space station (1986–2001)
- Orion (spacecraft), a planned spacecraft that is being built by Lockheed Martin for NASA
- Planck (spacecraft), an ESA's mission to observing cosmic microwave background.
- Soviet Moonshot, canceled moon landing program (1962–1969)
- Space Shuttle program (1972–2011)
Planned cities and urban renewal projects
|Songdo International Business District||Seoul, South Korea||Under development||$40,000,000,000||To be the model of a lifestyle merged with wide area network. It was also constructed for the full establishment of Korea as a center of Eastern Asia.|
|İstanbul Finance Center||İstanbul, Turkey||Under development||$5,000,000,000||Apart from the main urban renewal project of İstanbul. It will station in Ataşehir|
|Turkey Urban Renewal Project||Turkey||Under development||$400,000,000,000||Renewals are being conducted all over Turkey but mainly on İstanbul as Law 6306 announced by Ministry of Environment and City Planning (Turkey). Fikirtepe, a neighborhood of Kadıköy has been chosen as pilot area for project.|
|Dubai Meydan City||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Under development||$2,200,000,000|
|Business Bay||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Under development||$30,000,000,000||Comprises 240 high and low rise buildings, mostly residential and mixed use skyscrapers.|
|Masdar City||United Arab Emirates||Under development||$22,000,000,000||The city will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology and will be a car free city.|
|Kingdom City||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Under development||$20,000,000,000||Will host both commercial and residential development including homes, hotels, and offices. The centerpiece of the development project will be Kingdom Tower, a tower planned to become the tallest in the world.|
|Navi Mumbai||India||Completed||World's largest planned city. Contains a population of 2.6 million.|
|Roppongi Hills||Tokyo, Japan||Completed||$4,000,000,000||One of Japan's largest integrated property developments.|
|CityCenter||Las Vegas, United States||Completed||$11,000,000,000||The largest privately financed development in the United States.|
|Potsdamer Platz Redevelopment||Berlin, Germany||Completed||Project divided onto four parts in which four investors bids in turn.|
|La Défense||Paris, France||Completed||The Central Business District of the Paris Metropolitan area, La Défense provides France with a modern set of skyscrapers while Paris itself retains most of its original architecture and character.|
|King Abdullah Economic City||Saudi Arabia||Under development||$86,000,000,000||
No credible signs of development are present
|The World||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||On-hold||$14,000,000,000||Artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map.|
|Khazar Islands||Azerbaijan||Under development||$100,000,000,000||Artificial archipelago 25 km (16 mi) south of Baku, Azerbaijan consisting of 41 islands spreading 3,000 hectares (about 11.6 sq mi) over the Caspian Sea. Expected to be finished by 2020–2025, houses 1 million population|
|Madinat al-Hareer||Kuwait||Under development||$94,000,000,000||Proposed 250 km2 (62,000-acre) planned urban area in Subiya, Kuwait, an area just opposite Kuwait City.|
|Barangaroo||Sydney, Australia||Under development||$6,000,000,000||Entire project to be completed by 2023|
|Central Station to Eveleigh Airspace Development||Sydney, Australia||Proposed||$10,000,000,000||Extension of Sydney's CBD. The renewal corridor approximately 3 km in length.|
|Rebuilding of Christchurch||New Zealand||Under development||$17,000,000,000||Recovery from earthquakes in 2010–2011. Rebuild of central business district, demolition and remediation of several residential neighbourhoods now deemed unsuitable for building. Infrastructure upgrades and addition of commuter rail. Entire project to be completed by 2020.|
|Gujarat International Finance Tec-City||India||Under development||$20,000,000,000||Expected to be finished by 2017–2018|
|Madinaty||Egypt||Under development||$10,000,000,000||Expected to open by 2014, houses 600,000 population|
|HafenCity||Hamburg, Germany||Under development||Completion expected in 2020–2030|
|Stratford City||London, United Kingdom||Under development||£3,500,000,000||Entire project to be completed by 2020.|
|Movement of Kiruna Centrum||Kiruna, Sweden||Under development||$2,100,000,000||Entire project to be completed by 2013.|
|Palm Jumeirah||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Completed||$12,300,000,000||It is the worlds largest man-made island.|
|Palm Jebel Ali||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||On-hold||Will accommodate over 250,000 people by 2020.|
|Palm Deira||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||On-hold||Will be the largest palm island, in Dubai.|
|Porto Maravilha||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Under development||$35,700,000,000||Entire project to be completed by 2015.|
|Brickell Key||Miami, United States||Completed|
|Eastwood City||Quezon City, Philippines||Completed||Ongoing project of MegaWorld Corporation, one of the biggest real-estate companies in the Philippines.|
|Dubai Marina||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Completed||Worlds largest man made marina, with 200 residential and hotel high rises.|
|Pagcor City||Manila Bay, Philippines||Under development||$15,000,000,000||A casino and entertainment hub project, dubbed as the "Philippines' Las Vegas".|
|Yas Island||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Under development||$36,000,000,000||It occupies a total land area of 2,500 ha (25 km2), of which 1,700 ha will be claimed for development. The island holds the Yas Marina Circuit, which hosts the Formula One United Arab Emirates Grand Prix since 2009.|
|Riverside South||New York City, United States||Under development||$3,000,000,000|
|Bonifacio Global City||Philippines||Completed||A new CBD area for Metro Manila, previously occupied by the Philippine Army headquarters|
|Dubai International City||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||On-hold||$95,000,000,000||A country-themed architecture of residences, business, and tourist attractions.|
|Jumeirah Garden City||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||On-hold||$95,000,000,000||Will be built across an area north of Sheikh Zayed Road between Diyafa Street and Safa Park.|
|Moscow International Business Center||Moscow, Russia||Under development||$12,000,000,000|
|Dubailand||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Under development||$64,300,000,000||Will be world's largest Retail and Entertainment World, twice the size of Walt Disney World Resort, it include 45 mega projects and 200 sub projects. Currently, there are 22 projects under development.|
|Atlantic Yards||New York City, United States||Under development||The project's centerpiece, Barclays Center already broke ground on March 11, 2010.|
|Battery Park City||New York City, United States||Completed|
|Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project||New York City, United States||Under development|
|Esplanada City Center||Bucharest, Romania||Cancelled||$4,200,000,000|
|Big City Plan||Birmingham, United Kingdom||Proposed||$17,000,000,000|
|Okhta Center||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Under development||$2,500,000,000||Relocated to a new site, construction underway.|
|Dubai Waterfront||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Under development||Expected to become the largest waterfront and largest man-made development in the world.|
- List of world's most expensive transport infrastructure
- List of most expensive U.S. public works projects
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