Longest tunnel on China-Laos railway length completed

KUNMING, Nov 29 (Xinhua): The longest tunnel on the China-Laos railway was drilled through completely marking new progress in the construction of the railway expected to open at the end of next year.

The 17.5km-long Anding Tunnel, at the boundary area of Yuanjiang and Mojiang counties in southwest China's Yunnan Province, is a first-class high-risk tunnel with unfavorable geology such as faults, harmful gas, karst, and soft rock, according to sources with the China Railway Kunming Group Co. Ltd.

Up to now, the Yuxi-Mohan section of the railway, which links Kunming, capital of Yunnan, and Vientiane, capital of Laos, has completed a total investment of 11 billion yuan (US$1.67 billion) this year and 47.35 billion yuan since the start of construction. With the Anding Tunnel drilled through, workers have completed 98.8 per cent of the tunnel projects on this Chinese section.

Using China's technical standards and equipment, the railway, which stretches more than 1,000 kilometers, is scheduled to be completed and opened to traffic at the end of 2021.

The railway is a strategic docking project between the Belt and Road Initiative and Laos' strategy to transform from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub. The railway will slash the travel time between Kunming and Vientiane to half a day. Enditem

Meanwhile, a Chinese company in Laos, Khoukham Steel Industry Sole Co, Ltd, has recently shipped rebar to Cambodia, realizing the first exportation of steel produced in Laos.

Around a dozen trucks loaded more than 300 tons of rebar left the southern Lao border gate for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, on November 20. This batch of rebar was produced at Khoukham Steel's plant in Savannakhet Province, some 410 km east of Lao capital Vientiane.

The Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce on Friday confirmed with Xinhua that the shipment is the first batch of domestic steel exports from Laos.

Khoukham Steel, established in 2018 in Laos with investment from China, is a steel enterprise engaged in steel production, sales and after-sales service. - Xinhua
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