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Old January 8th, 2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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LAOS: Preparatory works are underway to construct a 220 km double-track electrified railway between Savannakhet on the Mekong river and the Vietnamese frontier at Lao Bao.

The project is being undertaken under a PPP concession worth up to US$5bn, which the Laotian government awarded to Malaysian contractor Giant Consolidated Group in November 2012.

GCG has now made its first payment of US$1·3bn to the government, paving the way for detailed design work to begin. This is to be undertaken by China Railway Siyuan Survey & Design Group Co under contract to GCG.

GCG has a 50-year concession to construct and operate the railway; it also intends to manage property and commercial developments around stations along the corridor, according to GCG President Mohammad Fadzwi Hamidun. Civil works are expected to begin in June.
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China approves rail links to Myanmar and Laos
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CHINA's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved plans for the construction of the country's first rail links to Laos and Myanmar, together with a major project to increase capacity for coal traffic from Inner Mongolia.

In the southern province of Yunnan, the NRDC has given the go-ahead to a 504km electrified line which will link Yuxi near Kunming with Pu'er, Xishuangbanna, and Mohan on the border with Laos

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Trans-Laos railway construction could begin in November
26 Oct 2015



LAOS: Construction of the planned standard gauge corridor running north-south through Laos could begin next month, according to officials in Vientiane. The railway would be an extension of China Railways’ existing line running south from Kunming in Yunnan province towards Vietnam.

The Chinese and Lao governments agreed to develop the project in 2009, but disagreements over funding and labour have stymied progress since then. Minister of Public Works & Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong has told local media that preparatory works for the 417 km mixed traffic railway should begin in November ‘if all goes well’ and would take around five years to complete

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Laying the cornerstone for Lao - China railway at Ban Xai, Xaithanee district of Viengchan Capital on 2 Dec 2015 by Comrade Jummalee Xayasorn (Secretariat of Lao People Revolution party) and Comrade Zhang De of China Politburo

Lao - China railway is an electrified single track with the distance of 427.7 km - from Boten checkpoint, Luang Namtha, UIdomxai, Luang Phrabang, Viengchan and Viengchan capital, 175 km elevated track (41%), 162 bridge with total distance of 68.093 km (16%), 72 tunnel with the distance of 183.978 km (43%) and the longest one is 9.5 km which is
referring to Lao - China Friendship Tunnel (友谊隧道) with the distance of 9.592 km, 2.430 km is in Lao border while the rest is in Chinese border.

Max speed for cargo 120 kph
Max speed for passenger from Boten to Vang Vieng 160 kph
Max speed for passenger from Vang Vieng to Viengchan capital 200 kph

the railway area is 50 meter radius with fences - 33 stations - ONLY 21 stations to be built at the time being with 11 stations has a passing loop and 1 cargo station with major yard - permanent railway area of 3058 Hectares are not for sale while the temporary area to store the quarry, earthwork, and station will be 803 hectare with the investment of
387000 Million RMB Yuan (90.6 Million RMB Yuan per km) to be done in 2020


2 Major bridges to be done:
1. Mekhong 1 Bridge (其中湄公河1号特大桥) North of Luang Phrabang - 1220 meter
2. Mekhong 2 Bridge (湄公河2号特大桥桥长) South of Luang Phrabang - 1436 neter

This is due to the fact that Luang Phrabang station will be on Xiang Maen bank, not Luang Phrabang bank to avoid the problem with World Heritage city and it allow the connection with Xayabouli, and Thailand via Muang Ngoen and Phoo Doo along with Xanakham

7 major tunnels to be done :
4.2.1. Lao - China Friendship tunnel (友谊隧道) with the distance of 9,592 meter, 2430 meter is in Lao border while the rest is in Chinese border.
4.2.2. Kong Lang tunnel (空琅村隧道) with the distance of 8150 meter
4.2.3. Wa Nu Mountain (努瓦山隧道) with the distance of 8185 meter
4.2.4. Phu Kluea (福格村隧道) with the distance of 8880 meter
4.2.5. Ka (卡村隧道) with the distance of 8005 meter
4.2.6. Sen tunnel (森村隧道) with the distance of 9405 meter
4.2.7. La Meng tunnel (拉孟山隧道) with the distance of 8055 meter
http://lao.voanews.com/content/lao-c...6/3082584.html
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http://finance.sina.com.cn/world/201...23881413.shtml
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Here is the video presenting Lao - China railway with Chinese and English subtitle

Lao - China railway with the distance of 427 km started from Friendship Tunnel across Lao - China border to Boten station at Ban Na Toei before heading to Ban Na Kok Tai, Udomxai, Mueang Nga before going across Mekhong river with the 2100 meter bridge with the height of 85 meter passing Ban Sanok, Mueang Yan (dropping point for Xayabouli province) before going across Mekhong river again with the 1436 meter bridge to reach Luang Phrabang station on the Southern suburb near ring road before going across Nam Khan river, Xiang Ngoen, Ban Phu Ya, Sala Pac Thu, Ban Sen before passing Ban Sen tunnel with the distance of 9405 meter (the longest tunnel in Laos discounting Friendship tunnel which most is on China side) - Kasi station, Ban Bun Phok, Ban Pha Daeng - bridge across Xeng river, Ban Pha Tang before following Luang Phrabang road (highway 13) to reach Vang Vieng station, Ban Vang Voeng, Bang Vieng Khi, Ban Hin Hoeb, Mueang Phon Hong station (main district of Viengchan province) - Ban Saka - Ban Phone Sai - Nakhon Luang Viengchan station on 450 Year Boulevard near National Stadium on Lak 16 (km 16 from Viengchan city center) - Viengchan Tai station - Tha nalaeng East (the main cargo dropping point on the eastern end of existing Tha Nalaeng station) before ending up at the Lao end of the proposed New Friendship Bridge across mekhong opposite to the Eastern end of Wat Chommanee (probably opposite to the SRT Railway land which used to be a ferry station between Nong Khai and Tha Nalaeng)

Max Speed for passenger train: 160 kph for Bo Ten to Vang Vieng, 200 kph from Vang Vieng to Tha nalaeng East - cargo train at 120 kph
https://www.facebook.com/djtheva.phe...1671945636350/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=40yoiYdcOd4


Lao government telling Lao people to cooperate and facilitate the construction of Lao - China Railway without question
http://www.sedthakid.la/index.php/ho...em/2578-subway

Lao and Foreign investors now asking for concession on sand dredging and quarry along Mekhong around Pak Beng district of Odomxay province to be sold to Lao - China railway which is to start the construction in Jan 2016 - need EIA to do so ... and now those local Lao people are growing rice and vegetables along with fruits to be sold to Chinese workers who are working for Lao - China railways

http://www.rfa.org/lao/daily/economy...015101050.html

Luang Namtha province going to issue the protection for Chinese workers who are working on Lao - China Railway as there are already 800 Chinese worker in Luang Namtha province alone while 10000 Chinese workers are heading to laos to work in Lao - China railway as there is an expectation that there will be 200,000 Chinese workers in Laos to support Lao - China railway project
http://www.rfa.org/lao/daily/economy...015135928.html
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Signing the 6th contract for Lao China railway - with the distance 65.7 km from km 343 + 300 at Phong Hong district of Viengchan province to km 409 + 000 at Viengchan Capital station near National Stadium of km 16 on 450th Year Boulevard
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Railway essential for development, Parliament told

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The development of an efficient railway system is essential to boost investment and spur socio-economic development of landlocked Laos, the Deputy Prime Minister told the National Assembly (NA) on Friday.

Mr Somsavat Lengsavad made the comment when speaking about the railway that will link Vientiane to the Chinese border following a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month for the 38.7 billion yuan (US$6.04 billion) project.

Mr Somsavat, who is in charge of production and goods circulation, said investors have been asking him if Laos plans to build a railway network as companies want to cut costs by using cheaper rail transportation.

“The cost of transporting goods by road is high, making it difficult [for businesses] to compete with their [rivals] in other countries in the region,” he told lawmakers as he explained why the government had decided to go ahead with the costly project.

Studies showed the railway could yield economic benefit of more than 30 percent, Mr Somsavat said, adding that if a project was able to yield economic benefit of 15 to 16 percent it would be profitable and worth investing in.

On December 2, the day that Laos celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Lao PDR, Lao and Chinese officials broke ground in Vientiane for the start of construction of the 427.2 km railway.

China will be responsible for 70 percent of the total investment, while Laos will be responsible for the remainder. The two governments are required to contribute 40 percent each of the total amount needed to form a joint venture company to operate the project. Laos will need to secure a loan of about US$480 million from China to pay its share of the investment.

China has now agreed to reduce the annual interest rate on the loan from the 3 percent offered previously to 2.3 percent.

Mr Somsavat said Laos' five potash mines should provide sufficient revenue to enable Laos to repay the loan and interest within five years.

Construction of the single-track railway will take about five years to complete. The railway will have 21 sidings to enable trains to pass, as well as 11 passenger stations and one container station.

Mr Somsavat said construction of the railway would be costly because of the many tunnels and bridges that would have to be built to traverse the mountainous terrain in the north of the country.

The railway will have 170 bridges of 69 kilometres in length, equating to 16 percent of the total length. There will be 72 tunnels over a distance of 183 kilometres, comprising 43 percent of the total length.

The electricity-powered passenger train is set to travel at 160 km per hour, while the freight train will run at 120 km per hour. However, the pa ssenger train can travel at up to 200 kilometres per hour on flat terrain between Vangvieng and Vientiane.

Fifty metres of land along each side of the railway will be kept clear to ensure safety.

Responding to questions raised by NA members, Mr Somsavat said appropriate compensation would be paid to people displaced by the railway, within a reasonable time.

He assured lawmakers that officials had been assigned to deal with unexploded ordnance if devices were uncovered during construction of the railway.

The track will form part of the regional rail link known as the Kunming-Singapore rail network over a distance of more than 3,000km.

The railway will link China's Kunming all the way down to Singapore, passing through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia.

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China-Laos Railway could be built sooner than planned: Official

China-Laos Railway could be built sooner than planned: Official

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/Fre...en_Railway.htm

Much has been done to move construction of the Vientiane-China railway forward following the groundbreaking ceremony that took place last month, the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport has said.

Mr Lattanamany Khounnivong told local media last week that construction could take just over four years, slightly less than the original estimation of five years.

Speaking during an interview with Lao National Television (LNT) on Friday, attended by reporters from various media outlets, he said the developers were keen to plough ahead with the 38.7 billion yuan (US$6.04 billion) project.

The deputy minister said the groundbreaking was not merely a ceremonial event held to mark National Day on December 2, with no work having been done since, as many people have said.

The groundbreaking signified the actual start of construction of the 427-km railway, with a number of activities having been undertaken since then.

Mr Lattanamany said financing had been sought to enable the Lao and Chinese governments to establish a joint venture company to carry out the project.

China will provide 70 percent of the investment cost, while Laos is responsible for the remainder. The two governments will each contribute 40 percent of their financial obligation to set up the joint venture company. The company will source the remaining funds from financial backers.

The Lao government has obtained a loan of about US$480 million from China to pay its share of the investment cost.

The funds needed to purchase trains and pay compensation to people who lose land and buildings so the railway can be built are included in the total investment cost.

Initially, 18 trains will be purchased, including four passenger trains.

The deputy minister said the route to be taken by the railway had been mapped out. The authorities were now gathering information about the property that would be affected so they could assess the amount of compensation that had to be paid.

People affected by the project would be compensated appropriately, he added.

Fifty metres of land along each side of the railway will be kept free and fenced off for safety reasons. The largest station, in Vientiane, will require 1.5 million square metres of land, while the smallest station on the route will require about 400,000 square metres.

The project developers and the contractor will soon meet to discuss the construction plan so that work can go ahead as quickly as possible.

Mr Lattanamany said the Chinese contractor had sent 40 technical staff to Laos to work on the project.

Laos fully supports the building of a railway in a bid to free itself from the constraints of being landlocked, hoping to create a land link and become a transit hub within the region.

The railway will lower transport costs and is expected to benefit the economy by attracting more foreign investment and providing much improved logistics services.

“By using the railway, passengers can cut the cost of travel in half compared to travelling by road, while it will cost a quarter of the current price to transport goods over the same distance by train,” Mr Lattanamany said.

Set to run at 160km per hour, the passenger train will be able to travel from Vientiane to the Chinese border in about three hours, much shorter than the more than 24 hours it takes to make the journey by road.

Freight trains will run at 120km per hour.

Passenger trains can travel at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour on flat terrain between Vangvieng and Vientiane.

There will be 11 passenger stations. Two will be built in the Boten and Nateuy areas of Luang Namtha province. Three stations will be built in Oudomxay's Namor, Xay and Nga districts.

Two stations will be built in Luang Prabang and Xieng-ngeun districts in Luang Prabang province. Three will be constructed in Kasy, Vangvieng and Phonhong districts in Vientiane province and the main station will be in Vientiane.

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If I could ever find the list of stations along with the center of the station on the track, I would post long time ago
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Millions of passengers, freight tonnage annually for railway

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/Fre...en_Million.htm

Domestic passengers commuting through the planned Laos-China railway project are expected to reach 3.98 million annually in its first year, a study has showed.

The number of domestic passengers is fo recast to rise to 6.11 million annually in the short-term and jump further to 8.62 million annually over the longer-term, Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad said recently.

Passengers commuting from Vientiane to the Chinese border via the railway would be charged only about 161,850 kip, much cheaper than fares by road currently at 285,0 00 kip, Mr Somsavat told the recent ordinary session of the National Assembly.

The Lao and Chinese governments broke ground on December 2 in Vientiane to commence construction of the US$6.04 billion project to conne ct Vientiane with the Chinese border over the distance of 427 km. Construction is expected to take about five years to complete.

The project will form part of the regional railway network connecting China's Kunming to Singapore via Laos, Thailand and Malaysia, and the number of passengers of the five countries commuting through the regional railway is expected to reach 9.65 million annually in its first year.

The numbers are expected to rise further to 11.98 million passengers a year in t he short-term and increase further to 16.5 million passengers annually over the longer-term.

At the beginning its operation, freight through the regional railway between China and the four Asean member countries - Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore is estimated to reach 2.59 million tonnes a ye ar and rise further to 3.62 million tonnes within the short-term then jump to 5.46 million tonnes over the longer-term.

Through the planned railway, goods transported from Vientiane to Chinese border would be charged only 269,750 kip per tonne, which is much cheaper than road freight currently charged at 833,340 kip per tonne.

Mr Somsavat, who is in charge of the project, told the parliament that rail transport offering cheaper costs with faster speed would enable Laos to enjoy advantages in promoting trade and investment.

Once the railway is operational, Mr Somsavat said “Transportation time will be significantly cut.”

Currently, goods transported by road from Vientiane to the Chinese border took about three days, but once the rai lway was in use, transportation would take just over three hours, he said.
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Annual passengers 3.98 million passenger for domestic trips and 9.65 million passenger for domestic + cross border trips on the first year? 2.59 million tonnes of cargo (definitely cross border) for the first year ? let's see whether they can realize this target.

For passenger ticket at 161,850 kip per head (714.68 Baht using 1 Baht = 226.465 Kip) on passenger train from Viengchan station near National Stadium at km 16 from Lao city center and cargo charge of 269,750 kip per ton (1191.03 Baht using 1 Baht = 226.465 Kip), I expect that despite of the official prohibition of paying in Thai Baht and US Dollars to promote Lao Kip, I expect to pay in Baht denomination anyway.

Lao experts still concern about heavy debts from Lao - china railway with a price tag of 6040 Million US Dollars - and the construction will started on the first 67.7 km from Viengchan to Phone Hong
http://www.rfa.org/lao/daily/economy...016142117.html

the loan for Lao - China railway need 4 Potash mines + 1 Bauxite mine as loan collateral
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos...016163552.html

Going to spend the first 500 million US Dollars to purchase 18 sets of trains (4 for EMU sets for passenger train and other for electric loco + cargo carriages for cargo trains
http://www.springnews.co.th/global/265607
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Al Jazeera English video about construction

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Cross-border tunneling on China-Laos railway begins

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http://www.chinanews.com/cj/2016/06-22/7913199.shtml

The construction of the friendship tunnel, a key cross-border project on China-Laos railway, was officially started in Yunnan on June 22, marking a practical step in the build-up of the Sino-Lao international railway, which forms part of the Pan-Asia Railway Network.

The cross-border tunnel has a length of 9.8 kilometers, with 7.2 km in China and 2.6 km in Laos. The tunnel will be finished within 56 months, and it is intended to be a signature of the time-tested friendship between China and Laos.

The tunnel will pass through the stratum where mudrocks are embedded with sandstones, and such rough geographical condition could make it hard to carry out works, according to a project personnel.

To insure safety and efficiency, the project contractor, the Chinese Railway Erju Company, will forecast geology in advance, follow construction parameters strictly and employ China's engineering standards in tunneling.

The Yunnan section of the China-Laos Railway links up Yuxi City in the north and Mohan Port, a southern border town. With a total cost of 50.5 billion RMB, the 508-km section belongs to a Grade I electrified railway by China's standard.



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good news indeed

any news on progress on the yuxi to mohan section?
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any news on progress on the yuxi to mohan section?
Yuxi-Mohan railway construction has already started, aim to complete at 2021
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Any update on this railway?

It would seem like an important part of the overall long term plan for connecting the country .
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are they boring the tunnel from both directions?
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Laos, China reach agreement on interest rate for HSR project

http://www.railprofessional.com/news...or-hsr-project

Vientiane, 16 June 2016 – Laos and China have reached an agreement on the interest rate for a $US480-million loan to construct the high-speed Lao-China railway; however, the figure has not yet been publicly disclosed.

Somsavat Lengsavad, Laotian deputy prime minister, said the Chinese government has earlier offered Laos a loan with a three-percent interest rate, adding that Laotian government also asked the Chinese government to reduce the rate. He did not mention what the agreed-upon interest rate was on the $US480-million loan from China, which Laos will back with five of its potash mines.

Somsavat said after calculation, Laos has determined that it will be able to pay it back to China within five years instead of 30 years as Laos has five mines. The railway forms part of a larger 3,000-kilometre regional rail link that will run from Kunming in southern China through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore.
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