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Belt and Road Weekly

Projects Brief

January 25, 2019


Abstract : Projects Brief

E China's Anhui mulls a batch of key projects to promote B&R construction in 2019 -- Anhui Province in East China announced that it is mulling a batch of key Belt and Road cooperation projects to smooth the trade channels in 2019.These key projects cover overseas projects conducted by key enterprises such as Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited, China BBCA Group and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd., as well as the construction of provincial-level overseas parks, according to official statement released by the provincial development and reform commission. Besides, the province will deepen its cooperation with Germany and Russia by furthering implementation of a number of key projects such as new-energy vehicle project between JAC Motors and Volkswagen, accelerating the construction of China-Germany parks concerning small and medium-sized enterprises and actively participating in the Yangtze River - Volga River cooperation conference.

Chinese firm to help Ghana better develop forest resources -- China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC) and the Forestry Commission of Ghana signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently to strengthen their cooperation in forest resource development. Under the MOU, a Ghana-China forestry cooperation project will be launched, which will see the two parties teaming up to develop a forestry park, helping Ghana achieve better returns from its forest resources. Liu Zhirong, vice president of CEIEC who signed on behalf of his company, told Xinhua that the cooperation will help Ghana utilize forest resources to benefit citizens in various ways.

All-cargo air route opens between China’s Xi’an, Tianjin -- An all-cargo air route between Xi’an city of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province and North China’s Tianjin municipality was opened recently. This is the first all-cargo air route jointly launched in 2019 by Airport New City in Xixian new area of Xi’an and China West Airport Group. Running six flights every Tuesday to Sunday, the new route is Shaanxi’s most frequent cargo air line by week. This cargo route makes it possible for goods from North China to be transported by air through Xi’an to South Asia and Europe. Having launched 19 all-cargo air routes with six of them being international lines, Xi’an has further enhanced its status as a Belt and Road aviation hub.

Construction of China-funded mega dam on course -- Construction works of a dam in Zambia's Masaiti district on the Copper belt Province funded by the Chinese government was on course, the contractor said recently. Construction works of the 450 million U.S. dollars Kafulafuta Dam was commissioned in October last year by President Edgar Lungu. Bruce Zhu, a business manager with the China National Complete Engineering Corporation, said about 23 percent of works have so far been done and that everything was on schedule.

Chinese giant inks 445-mln-USD deal with Algeria's Sonatrach -- China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) signed recently in Algiers a contract worth 445 million U.S. dollars with state-owned corporation Sonatrach for port installations in eastern Algeria, APS news agency reported. According to the contract, CHEC will provide studies of and set up a terminal for liquefied gas, and build marine and harbor infrastructure for a fuel terminal in the province of Skikda, 400 km east of the capital Algiers. The project, to take 28 months to finish, should allow the upgrade of the liquefied natural gas production to 220,000 cubic meters per day and the loading of large-capacity methane tankers to between 50,000 and 250,000 tons.

Chinese firm for China-Laos railway delivers free medical service to Lao villagers -- PowerChina Sinohydro Bureau 3 Co., LTD, a Chinese engineering company that is building the fourth section of the China-Laos railway in northern Laos' Luang Prabang province, has offered charity clinics to the local villagers in mid-January. The Chinese company in the mountains of northern Laos recently provided free treatment to more than 600 villagers in five villages along the China-Laos railway, the company told Xinhua on Sunday. The Sinohydro Bureau 3 project department of the China-Laos Railway is located in the dense forests and deep valleys, with bumpy roads and harsh natural environment. A large number of local villagers suffer from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis without convenient access to timely medical treatment due to extremely poor medical conditions.

China-Myanmar economic cooperation zone to be developed along border area -- A first ever China-Myanmar Border Economic Cooperation Zone will be developed along the Kunlong-Chinshwehaw border area in Shan state, the official Global New Light of Myanmar quoted a developer as reporting on Sunday. Legal process is being pursued to establish the economic zone on 6,000 acres (2,430 hectares) under Myanmar's Investment Law and Special Economic Zone Law, the Chitkyiye Company said. The project will be implemented by using the company's own capital as well as foreign investment, the company's consultant U Kyaw Dwon said. The company stressed the participation of ethnic entrepreneurs in developing the economic zone. The project is also planned to be implemented in four regions including Kanpaiktee, Muse and Kyinsamkyawt, giving priority to Kunlong-Chinshwehaw and then Bahmo in Kachin state, Minister of Commerce Than Myint said, adding that the ministry will invite local and joint-venture companies to submit an Expression of Interest in the project. The Myanmar government formed a central committee to put in place the border economic cooperation zone in April 2018 following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the set-up in May 2017.

Chinese firm helps build world's largest solar power complex in Morocco's desert -- In the early morning of January, as the snow covering the Atlas Mountains in central Morocco remains unmelted, the Chinese staff of the NOOR Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, a city south of the mountain range, have already started a day's work despite the freezing temperature. In May 2015, Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, undertook the construction of NOOR II and NOOR III CSP projects in Ouarzazate, the gateway of the Sahara Desert. After more than 1,000 days and nights of hard work, both projects have already been put into commercial operation. The two power stations have achieved stable full-load operation with hundreds of millions of kilowatt-hours of electricity already delivered to the Moroccan grid, said Zhou Hejun, vice president of the Middle East region of SEPCO III, in a recent interview with Xinhua.

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