The contractors of the Laos-China Railway Project need as many as 7,000 Lao workers to build the multibillion US dollar railway which is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Deputy Minister and Chairman of Laos-China Railway Construction Project Management Committee told the meeting of the Laos-China Railway Construction Project steering committee in Vientiane on Jul 19 that since the beginning of the construction project in December 2016, contractors have built 130 km of the planned railway length.
The built railway section is equivalent to 31.35% of the total railway length-417 km.
Since late 2016, the constructors have recorded a 7.7 per cent construction progress.
The contractors have drilled 5.8 km of 49 out of 75 tunnels.
Drilling 197.83km of tunnels is needed to complete the railway project which will form part of China-ASEAN rail link stretching from southern China to Singapore.
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Laos-China Railway Project took place in Naxay village, Xaythany district, Vientiane Capital where the main station will be built in December 2015 coincident with the celebration of the 40th founding anniversary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
The Laos-China Railway will stretch 417 km, from Laos-China border to Vientiane Capital. The railway will be connected with new railway bridge spanning the Mekong between Vientiane and Thailand’s Nong Khai Province.
The railway is designed as a standardized Class 1 single track equipped with international standard gauge, 1.43 m wide.
The designed speed for passenger trains is 160 km/h, the speed of 200 km/h is reserved for flat terrain between Vang Vieng and Vientiane Capital and the freight train will travel at 120km per hour. The traction system will be electrically powered.
Up to 32 stations (21 by-pass stations and 11 passenger stations) will be built along the rail line.
The project will involve building 167 bridges with a total length of 61.81km, 75 tunnels with a combined length of 197.83km. The longest tunnel will be about 9.5 km, called Laos-China Friendship Tunnel.
The total project cost is estimated at US$5.8 billion where China is responsible for 70 per cent of the total investment, and Laos is responsible for the remainder.