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Pressure Builds for Thai KRA Canal
Pressure Builds for Thai KRA Canal

Pressure is mounting on the Thai government from a powerful domestic and Chinese lobby group to approve a study into building an international shipping canal.  The proposed 140km twin canal project would provide access across Thailand’s Kra isthmus, allowing ships to avoid the Straits of Malacca.  Located between Sumatra and the Malay peninsula, the straits see over 94,000 ships pass each year which accounts for a quarter of the world’s traded goods and 80 percent of Read More

Thailand approves Rail Link
Thailand approves Rail Link

After years of negotiations, Thailand’s cabinet finally gave approval to construction of the first phase of a high-speed railway to the Laotian border in July. The approval followed the issuing of an executive order by the nation’s military government.  Phase one will be the 250-km line between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima which is expected to cost USD5.2 billion and cover one-third of the distance.   The overall plan is to construct an 873-km rail line linking the p Read More

China clarifies overseas investment ruling
China clarifies overseas investment ruling

After a period of uncertainty, China has formally clarified new rules on overseas investments.  The new legal framework comprises three categories; banned, restricted and encouraged.  In a positive sign for the region, companies engaging in the nation’s ambitious One Belt One Road initiative lie in the ‘encouraged’ category. The new rules will likely have an impact on the region’s construction and property markets which have relied in recent years on Chinese Read More

SCG sign JV for viet petro-chemical plant
SCG sign JV for viet petro-chemical plant

Thailand’s construction material giant Siam Cement Group (SCG) has signed a joint venture agreement with Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to build the first petrochemical plant in Vietnam.   The USD5.6 billion project, located 100km from Ho Chi Minh City in south Vietnam, will see construction of a one million ton ethylene cracker, the development of a deep sea port and other infrastructure required to support the enormous complex.  Production will help service Read More

Work starts on Malay Rail Connection
Work starts on Malay Rail Connection

Work officially began on the construction of Malaysia’s flagship infrastructure project, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) on 9 August.  The USD13 billion project will connect Port Klang on the west coast near the capital Kuala Lumpur to Kelantan near the Thai border with 23 stations in between.  Under the One Belt, One Road initiative, the project is being majority funded and wholly built by China through state-owned company China Communications Construction Company. When Read More

Bangkok Selects Bombardier for Monorail
Bangkok Selects Bombardier for Monorail

Two huge infrastructure contracts for Bangkok’s monorail were awarded to Canadian engineering firm Bombardier in August.   The Khae Rai-MinBuri northern line will stretch for 35km and operate with 42 trainsets while the eastern Lat Phrao-Samrong line will run for 30km and use 30 trainsets. The driverless trains will run at speeds of up to 80 km/h with a maximum capacity of about 28,000 passengers an hour in each direction. Northern Bangkok Monorail and Eastern Bangkok Monorail h Read More

Singapore Road Collapse Kills one
Singapore Road Collapse Kills one

A raised highway collapsed while under construction in Singapore in July, killing one and injuring 10, all of them foreign workers. According to the BCA and Land Transport Authority (LTA) investigation BCA said “a support structure (girder) and platform (deck slab) for one portion of the viaduct collapsed during concreting works”.  Eleven workers, from China, India, and Bangladesh, were working on top of the structure at the time. Following the serious accident, the Singap Read More

Forest Eco city plans for China
Forest Eco city plans for China

China has unveiled plans for a unique forest eco city in the southeast of the country.  Italian architects Stefano Boeri Architetti have been commissioned to develop the stunning 175 hectare ‘forested’ development in Guangxi province. When completed, the ‘Forest City’ will feature 40,000 trees in a residential development        for 30,000 people.  Beyond the lifestyle experience, the ‘living’ exteriors of the buildings have Read More

Manila tower restarts after court decision
Manila tower restarts after court decision

Construction on a controversial tower block that ‘photobombed’ the National Matyr’s Monument in the Philippine capital Manila can restart after a Supreme Court ruling. The 49-floor Torre de Manila condominium project became known as "Pambansang Photobomb” (the “national photobomb”) and saw construction halted in June 2015 for violating building regulations.  The Supreme Court saw a close vote of nine to six in favour of the development by DCMI Read More

Chinese mega-project questioned
Chinese mega-project questioned

A Chinese mega-development in Myanmar is under the spotlight for its impact on the environment. The USD10 billion Kyauk Pyu Special Economic Zone development on the Myanmar coast in the northwestern state of Rakhine includes a 770km pipeline which pumps oil across Myanmar to southwest China as part of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative.  The SEZ will eventually cover more than 17sq km and include a USD7.3 billion deep sea port and a USD2.3 billion industrial park, Read More

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