Construction progress of China-Laos railway on schedule for December 2021 opening

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Workers lay tracks at the construction site of the China-Laos railway in Vientiane, Laos, March 27, 2020 (Photo by Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua)

Construction progress of China-Laos railway on schedule for December 2021 opening

Despite the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, both Chinese and Lao engineers are striving to complete the construction of the China-Laos Railway and put it in operation in December as scheduled.

“It will be on December 2 when we are to complete the railway construction and make it ready for full operation,” said Xiao Qianwen, general manager of the Laos-China Railway Co Ltd, a joint venture based in Lao capital Vientiane for the construction and operation of the first modern railway in the country.

“We are not changing the timetable and we are striving for that goal, with more than 90 percent of the engineering work done, our preparation for the operation is well on the way.”

In the southern end of the railway in Vientiane, the China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group (CREC-5) has completed the construction of the main structure of the longest bridge along the China-Laos Railway, the Phonethong super major bridge with a length of 7,528.56 metres and 231 piers.

In the northern end of the railway, the China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG) roofed the Lao border gate station in Boten On June 15, while the same Chinese company ceiled the top of the first railway station in Nateuy, some 360 kilometres north of Lao capital Vientiane, on Sept 16.

By May 15, the construction of all 67 communication towers along the China-Laos railway had been completed, while the China-Laos railway tracks had been extended from Vientiane to the northern end of Boten.

“We will have installed all the tracks by mid-August,” Lei Chao, a China Railway No. 2 Engineering Group (CREC-2) railing base project manager, said.