China Railway Group, through its subsidiaries, has won a RMB8.1bn ($1.2bn) contract for the construction of a large railway section in Laos.
China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group, China Railway International Group and China Railway No. 8 Engineering Group will build sections I, II, and III of the Boten-Vientiane Railway Project.
The project will run 414km — including 258km of bridges and tunnels — from Boten on the Laos-China border, in the north, to Laos’ capital, Vientiane, on the border with Thailand, in the south.
The project’s design includes the construction of 31 stations along the entire line, with a designed speed of 160km/h. It will be constructed as an electrified railway according to China’s GB railway standard grade 1.
Construction on the project is expected to be complete in five years..