A Chinese company has been awarded a contract to study Cambodia's rail network to Vietnam as part of the Singapore-Kunming railway project



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Chinese firm inks railroad contract
Written by Chun Sophal
Monday, 11 May 2009

$2.3 million agreement will see China Railway Group conduct
feasibility study on track extending to Vietnam.

A CHINESE company has been awarded a contract to study Cambodia's rail
network to Vietnam as part of the Singapore-Kunming railway project,
government officials said Thursday.

The project would see China Railway Group study construction of a 255-
kilometre stretch of track from Bat Doeng in Kampong Speu to Snuol
district in Kratie province at the Vietnamese border. In a separate
arrangement, Australia's Toll Holdings is set to renovate and operate
the lines from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, and Phnom Penh to the Thai
border.

Sokhom Pheakvanmony, director general of Royal Railways of Cambodia,
told the Post on Sunday that the Ministry of Public Affairs signed the
agreement worth US$2.5 million for carrying out a feasibility study.
Experts say the railway could cost more than $700 million to build,
with China expected to foot the bill.


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We hope that china railway group will start studying the project
soon.

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"We hope that China Railway Group will start studying the project soon
this year," said Sokhom Pheakvanmony.

He added that a detailed study of the project would be finished in
between 18 months and two years, after which time they would start
building the railway link.

"ASEAN has already linked its entire railway network except for
Cambodia, which is the last country to build its portion," said Sokhom
Pheakvanmony.

On Thursday, Hu Gian-Wen, a member of China's Foreign Relationship
Association, told Prime Minister Hun Sen that China would donate $2.5
million to the project, which would link Cambodia with Loch Minh,
Vietnam.

Cambodia has two railroads, one of which links Phnom Penh with the
Thai border in Banteay Meanchey province and is 348km in length.

The other line, which links Phnom Penh with Preah Sihanouk province,
is 264km long.

Both were built under French rule and are in poor condition.

The 10 member states of Asean, together with China, Japan and Korea,
signed an agreement to build the new railroad in 2000.

In total, the railroad would run 5,513km and enable overland travel
from Singapore through to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and
China.
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