Nakheel insists Palm Jumeirah is not sinking
Dubai-based developer Nakheel said on Wednesday that reports that the Palm Jumeirah is sinking were "wholly inaccurate"...
December 9, 2009 6:00 by kippreport
Dubai-based developer Nakheel said on Wednesday that reports the Palm Jumeirah is sinking were “wholly inaccurate,” reports Arabian Business, citing a senior executive at the company.
Shaun Lenehan, Head of Environment at Nakheel said, “The integrity of all buildings, utilities and infrastructure on Palm Jumeirah are testament to the fact that there has been no subsidence,” said Lenehan. “Any settlement of the ground, even as little as 5mm, would generate obvious physical manifestations including masonry cracking, leaking pipes, broken windows and so forth.
“Claims suggesting Palm Jumeirah has sunk by 5mm, as detected by remote sensing (satellite) techniques, are not possible given that NASA’s laser altimeter satellites have an accuracy of only + or – 50 mm,” he added.
A report by Fugro NPA Ltd claimed the iconic island is sinking 5mm annually, and may flood if sea levels rise.