Laos-China Rail Project Moves On

An opening ceremony for tunnel boring for the Laos-China railway project was held last week as construction began in Xay district, Oudomxay province, North of Luang Prabang. The province sits next to the border to Mainland China.

The function was attended by Oudomxay Governor, Mr. Phetsakhone Luang Aphay, the Consulate General of China in Luang Prabang Province, the Deputy Chief Department of Roads, and Deputy Chief of the Laos-China Railway project, Mr. Pothong Ngonphachan.

In Oudomxay, the Laos-China Railway project includes the construction of 57 bridges, 34 tunnels, and 12.69 km of open railway, with a combined length of 75.72 km. 9 railway stations will be built. Three Chinese contractors are responsible for the railway construction in Oudomxay.

Some 50 metres of land along each side of the railway will be preserved for project development and the owners of the affected property will be compensated for their loss.

The 417 km-long railway line will run from the Chinese border to the capital, Vientiane through four Lao provinces: Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

The US$5.8 billion project will utilise Chinese rail technology, with six Chinese contractors hired to carry out construction.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. The single-track railway will involve the building of 167 bridges with a total length of 61.81km, 75 tunnels with a combined length of 197.83km, and 32 stations. Trains will drive at a speed of 160 km/h which means that it will take less than three hours to cross the country from north to south. The rail link will be connected on the Chinese border with China high speed train network going to Kunming.
(Source: KPL)