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Bangkok’s mass transit Orange Line’s western section approved

Bangkok’s mass transit Orange Line’s western section approved Nod to the Orange Line’s western section, stretching from Bang Khun Non to Min Buri 11 February 2019 The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has given the nod to the Orange Line’s western section, stretching from Bang Khun Non to Min Buri, as one of the last mass transit projects in Bangkok approved by this government. According to an NESDC source who requested anonymity, the council on Feb 6 approved the Orange Line’s 235-billion-baht western section after the… Read more »

Cambodia declared the cheapest country to retire in 2019

Cambodia declared the cheapest country to retire in 2019 International Living, a magazine that focuses on the best places to live and invest, named Cambodia the cheapest place to retire in 2019. The Kingdom came first this year in the cost of living category in the publication’s Annual Global Retirement Index. Earning full marks in the category, the ranking highlights the Kingdom’s attractiveness for retirees and expatriates in general. This is the fourth year in a row that Cambodia has topped the list in the cost of living… Read more »

NocNoc comes knocking online for building-supply customers

NocNoc comes knocking online for building-supply customers 9 February 2019 The era of digital disruption has seen businesses adopt innovative strategies to fulfil customers’ needs – but consumer behaviour is also undergoing rapid change. That shift inspired the launch of NocNoc, a Thai marketplace platform that collects construction materials and provides services. Its founders aim to make it the most comprehensive market in the Kingdom for construction materials and home decorations, while also “unlocking the buyer-seller connection in the digital age”. There are many industrial players trying to… Read more »

Trams coming to “Smart City” Khon Kaen – and fares won’t exceed 20 baht

Trams coming to “Smart City” Khon Kaen – and fares won’t exceed 20 baht The long awaited tram project in Khon Kaen will begin construction in June. Residents of the north eastern city will, however, have to wait two more years until the project is finished. Daily News said that fares would not exceed 20 baht. The project has its design roots in local organizations without the need for state help. State help comes in the form of finance in joint ventures with foreign investors. Artists’ impressions showed… Read more »

Sansiri to focus on medium and ‘affordable’ property segments in 2019

Sansiri to focus on medium and ‘affordable’ property segments in 2019 8 February 2019 LISTED PROPERTY firm Sansiri Plc plans to issue Bt5.5 billion worth of debentures this year to raise the money to buy Bt5 billion in land as part of its 2019 business expansion, its chief financial officer, Wanchak Buranasiri, said at a press conference yesterday. The company also plans to launch 28 new residential projects worth a total Bt46.6 billion this year. They include 12 condominium projects with a total value of Bt22.4 billion, nine… Read more »

Bangkok Synthetics lets contract for Map Ta Phut petchem complex to Toyo Engineering

Bangkok Synthetics lets contract for Map Ta Phut petchem complex to Toyo Engineering 7 February 2019 Bangkok Synthetics Co. Ltd. has let a contract to Toyo Engineering Korea Ltd., a subsidiary of Toyo Engineering Corp., to provide engineering, procurement, and construction on two units at the operator’s existing petrochemical complex in Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand. Toyo’s scope of work on the project includes delivery of EPC services for an 80,000-tonne/year 1,3 butadiene unit as well as a 34,000-tpy butene-1 unit, the service provider said. The new dual-unit… Read more »

BSR Joint Venture still in running for Thailand’s high-speed railway project

BSR Joint Venture still in running for Thailand’s high-speed railway project 8 February 2019 BSR Joint Venture, one of two contenders in the bidding for the high-speed railway project connecting three major airports, still has a chance to enter negotiations with the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) over the results of the bid, the SRT said on Thursday. Even though the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP)-led consortium has offered the lowest bid, it has not yet been named the winner as its offer is subject to due diligence by… Read more »

Chinese company proposes new circular railroad for Yangon

Chinese company proposes new circular railroad for Yangon 7 February 2019 Representatives from China Railway Engineering Co Ltd (CREC) have met with the Yangon Region government to discuss the possibility of constructing of a new Yangon circular railroad, U Than Naing Oo, a member of the Yangon Region Hluttaw’s Transportation, Communications, Construction and Industry Committee told The Myanmar Times. “CREC proposed two versions of the potential railroad for consideration – one where it will be built on the existing circular railroad and another with an elevated track,” said… Read more »

Rama III-Dao Khanong expressway construction to start in May 2019

Rama III-Dao Khanong expressway construction to start in May 2019 6 February 2019 The long-delayed construction of a 19.2-km elevated expressway from Rama III Road to Dao Khanong is expected to start in May with a revised budget of Bt30.036 billion, according to the governor of the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT). EXAT governor Suchart Chonsakpipat said the EXAT has revised the term of reference (TOR) following public hearings. Since there have been no more complaints, the EXAT is now in the process of calling for international bids…. Read more »