Second-tallest building in the world ‘tops out’ in Malaysia

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The development of the $35bn Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur boasts a capacity of 2,070 people, based on the non-aerial height of the building

The world’s second tallest building has passed the 100-metre point as it ascends from its base, topping out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Petronas Twin Towers, which are 95 metres (316ft) shorter than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, are scheduled to open in August.

The 89-storey Tower 1 and 79-storey Tower 2 house a hotel, corporate office space and shopping and entertainment precincts.

“It will be the second-highest in the world,” Petronas, a state-run Malaysian oil and gas company, said in a statement. The Burj Khalifa is higher by 15 metres.

The towers will have about 2,000 people working at its height.

The foundation for the towers, which is holding up 3,000 tonnes of steel, was completed last month.

The Petronas Twin Towers is being built in three phases. Construction is due to be completed in 2020.

The two towers will be joined by a third, which is an observatory tower.

The Petronas Twin Towers development was launched in 2010.

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