Government plans to build its longest sea bridge next year to connect two islands in the Malacca Strait, near Singapore, as part of efforts to develop industry and tourism in the area, the country’s cabinet secretariat said in a statement on Thursday (July 11).

The 7km bridge linking Batam and Bintan will cost as much as Rp3 trillion to Rp4 trillion through a multi-year contract scheme and construction is set to take three to four years.

The bridge project was first introduced in 2005 and will be the longest in the Southeast Asian country. The government also opens opportunities for a business entity to participate in financing the project through a government-to-business cooperation scheme.

The construction involves three separate packages; from Batam Island to Tanjung Sauh Island along 2,124 meters; from Tanjung Sauh Island to Buau Island along 4,056 meters; and from Buau Island to Bintan Island along 855 meters.