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Breakthrough in nuclear fusion and The Line

The US cracks the Holy Grail in renewable energy, and Saudi Arabia break ground on the future.

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The biggest construction project in the world

Saudi Arabia has started construction on a megaproject that will see the country catapult humanity into the future.

The $500 billion megacity will be 75 miles long, 200 feet wide, and home to as many as 9 million people. Residents will be able to travel the entire length of the city in 20 minutes, and reach most of their day-to-day destinations in as little as 5 minutes.

The Line, will be made up of buildings 1,600 foot tall that will rise out of the desert alongside mountain ranges and the coast. The exterior will be clad in mirrored panels on both sides, reflecting the landscape making it almost invisible.

Vertical farming will feed the population, green landscapes including rivers will blend the city with nature, and cars will be banned. Plus, energy will be produced by wind and solar farms creating a zero carbon environment.

Excavation began back in October with 400 vehicles on site preparing the foundations, and construction is set to create 460,000 jobs. The project is scheduled to be complete by 2030, however engineers have stated that it could take 50 years before it’s finished.

Many doubt the project will be completed at all, saying the megacity is too ambitious. When the concept was announced summer 2022, critics assumed it was a publicity stunt.

However, minds were changed when living quarters for tradespeople, including community swimming pools and a football pitch, were set up on site.

Expect more updates from Tradesman Saver as the project develops.

Nuclear Fusion

In other news, US scientists have successfully created nuclear fusion. This development moves the world closer to an energy source that is clean, renewable, and limitless.

The aim of nuclear fusion is to create more energy then is needed to produce it. To do this lasers are fired to heat hydrogen, which transforms it into fuel. Once that energy has been stored it can be used to power the modern world.

With energy costs crippling the industry, this groundbreaking advancement couldn’t have come at a better time. However, it could be decades before this unlimited power source is commercially available.

Tradesman Talk

What are the chances The Line will be completed by 2030, if it’s finished at all?

Do you think the UK should be investing in nuclear fusion research?

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Mark McPherson

Mark McPherson has an MA in Creative Writing and has been crafting content for over a decade. He writes for a range of niches, including the construction industry and insurance sector. Mark has worked internationally as a content writer and teacher.

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