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The Savannakhet-Lao Bao railway project comprises 220km electrified dual railway track, 3 main Stations, 8 General Stations, 1 Maintenance Yard, 2 Immigration Control Offices, and Training Centre complete with staff welfare facilities and every station is attached with a new development zones ranging from 500 to 1000 hectares. The overall Project cost is estimated to cost around US$6.5 Billion with expected construction period of 5 years.

The Lao Government is looking forward to the expeditious resolution of funding/ financing arrangements and the timely commencement and completion of construction works of the project. The Concessionaire, Giant Rail company Limited, had signed agreement with the Government to undertake the construction of 220km railway from Savannakhet province to Lao Bao at the Vietnamese border. It is anticipated that the progress and fortunes of Lao PDR will be accelerated upon the entry of genuine investors participating in the railway construction.

RAILWAY STATIONS AND PROPOSED ECONOMY SPURNING UP ENVIRONMENTS This DDZ
project at Savannakhet City with its location north-west of Kaysone Promvihane District is as close to the practicable entry point to Khorn Kean, Thailand. The Savannakhet DDZ shall be developed together with (Beginning Main Station) Station 1. The Savannakhet DDZ comprising approximately  800 hectares land shall be developed with a theme for being a Historical & Culture Center, Cultural Tourism, Commercial & Business Centre and Live able City. The station façade shall reflect Laos architecture with its multi-tiered roof crown and elements of ornamentation.

Station 2 – Nasy – (Intermediate Station): Presently economic/industrial activities are lined up in the “Savannakhet-Xeno-Nasy Golden Triangle”. The Nasy DDZ is a Satellite town serving off the urban dominance of Savannakhet City and offering off-centre affordable housing and commercial opportunities. This DDZ encompasses approximately 300 hectares, Similar to Savannakhet, the train station shall reflect the local architecture.

Seno (Main Station – Distribution/ Traffic Hub) development zone involved 750 hectares for the role as the City of Traffic Transit Hub of Main Railway and Highway. As Station 3 – Xeno will be an important railway intersection with future linkages to other parts of Lao. Ideal as the main railway storage and maintenance centre. In addition Xeno shall serve as a Cargo Marshalling Hub with business opportunities for Trade, Advance Processing, Logistics, Warehouse and Container Storage. 

As there are trains from other countries, and time is the element when dealing with logistics, efficiency, modern and dynamism should be the image to be promoted. Modern building using standard general materials such as metal roofs, glass and steel structure is heavily used to indicate optimization, and frills free environment with concentration only on the important ones. 

Station 4 – Atsaphangthong – 300 hectares (Intermediate Station). Atsaphangthong role is as Historical & Culture Centers, Base of Scientific Research, University Town, and Livable City & Cultural Tourism. Important note is that dinosaur fossil is also found here. The image of the building make reference to the dinosaur with curved roofs and staggered body. As this is also the “university town”, we believe that usage of stimulating colors and geometric forms will be the catalyst for innovative ideas. 

Station 5 – Phalanxay – 150 Hectares (Intermediate Station) Plalanxai role is as Small Processing, Handicraft & Tourism. As tourism is one of the many attractions here, the Laotian Architecture elements are maintained.  The architecture is much simpler not to overshadow the main cultural buildings in the area. 

Station 6 – Mai Posi – 150 hectares (Intermediate Station) Mai Phosi role is as Small Processing, Supplying Base of Agriculture & Sideline. The building is utilitarian in nature. The lines are simple and not complicated, similar to the minimalism attitude of the everyday life – having the most out of the least. 

Station 7 – Xethamouak – 200 hectares (Intermediate Station) Xethamouak role is as Traditional Handicrafts, Tourism, Nature Reserves, and Lakeside Wild Ecological Park & Wetland Park. The building is recalls the lookout tower of the area. The buildings are simple with overlapping mono-pitch roofs.  The architecture is minimalist, also reflecting the life of the jungle – having only the necessary. 

Station 8  - Vangkoung (Kammakon) – 200 hectares (Intermediate Station)  Vangkoung role is as the mineral industry town. The building make reference to the French/ foreign architecture, the place where the minerals such as silver is normally exported to. The architecture looks heavy and solid, with openings only at required spaces. Ornamentations are limited to thick lines and a few friezes. 

Station 9 - Sepon – 300 hectares (Main Stations) Xepon role is also as the mine processing and mineral industry town. Nevertheless, the building has the local flavor to its image, to differentiate it from Khammakon. The architecture is definitely Laotian with emphasis on the roof works, with green color reflecting the jade industry. 

Station 10 - Dong – 150 hectares (Intermediate Station) 

Dong role is as the Industrial Bonded Area & Wood Processing.  The architecture looks rough and solid, justifying it being in an industrial area. Exposed columns are cladded with un-plastered brickwork, and the building shall be a showcase of wood items such as ceiling, frames, sittings and paneling.

Station 11 – Densavan.  At the Lao/Vietnam Border – 800 Hectares (Main Station) 

Densavan DDZ’s role is as the Port, Import & Export, Regional Economic & Financial Center, Free Trade, Bonded Area, Logistic & Warehouse, and Container Storage, Immigration Check Point. It is also the first station from Vietnam, therefore the face of Laos. Similar to Savannakhet, the station shall symbolize the Laos Architecture with the multi-tiered roofs and to a certain degree, ornamentation. 

Overall, this railway project shall also provide a strategic connection with Laos two neighboring countries i.e. Thailand in the west and Lao Bao (Vietnam) in the east and forward connection to the “My Thuy Deep-Sea Port” in Quang Tri Province, Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

FULLY SUPPORTED BY MALAYSIA'S PRIME MINISTER
Through years of unrelenting effort by Giant Rail Company Limited since signing Master Agreement on 9th November, the approval of Lao's most important east-west railway construction, from Savannakhet to Lao Bao(at the Vietnamese Border), a proud milestone was reached with the first visit of Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak to Lao on 3rd June 2010. At the welcome ceremony held at Lao Don Chan Palace Hotel, Malaysia's Prime Minister Honorable His Excellency Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak took interest and listened attentively to the project briefing made by Dato’ Dr.Tock Min Kin, President of TMK Holdings Sdn Bhd on behalf of Malaysian investors on the Savannakhet-Lao Bao railway investment and followed by Dato’ Sri Dr. Aixinjueluo Yuhao, President of Asia Economic & Trade Cooperation Council (formerly known as Asean Economic Trade Center) reporting the progress of the railway approval over the past year.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister responded enthusiastically and conveyed his full support for the railway project and highly praised Giant Consolidated Limited, TMK Holding Sdn Bhd and Asia Economic & Trade Cooperation Council on their collective efforts in this railway development project. Since the Railway Master Agreement with Laos Government signed, the construction is expected to commence in within the third quarter 2016. According to the Project Owner, Giant Consolidated Limited’s President Mohammad Fadzwi Bin Hamidun and Vice President - Engineering, Dato’ Dr.Tock Min Kin (who is also President of TMK Sdn Bhd), currently the project development have progressed very well despite there have been many challenges during the process.

Nevertheless with the concerted effort from the Project Contractor’s Supervisory Management - Asia Economic & Trade Cooperation Council (formerly as Asean Economic Trade Center) in particular the personal involvement of its President Dato’ Sri Dr. Aixinjueluo Yuhao all the challenges been ablely overcome and the Project progress has been on track to secure the Government approval. Funds are ready to be injected into Project once the proposal for the railway alignment and its integral right-of-way gets approved by the Lao Government. In the final analysis, support from the Government of Malaysia and Laos remain the most cordial success factor.

With this international railway transportation network breaks through, Laos will penetrate an important economic channel to its foreign trade export thoroughly. Land Linked to people and Lao PDR country’s additional prosperity. 

 

 

 

STATIONS AND DESIGN IMPRESSIONS

Objective

The main objective of the preliminary surveyworks are to provide adequate framework for future survey and other related activities and studies which would enable data acquisition be made to assists in design and construction of proposed double track electrified railway from Savannakhet to Lao Bao .

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Planning

Lao People's Democratic Republic, situated in north Indo-China peninsula, serves as an important linkage between China and ASEAN countries. Although Laos covering an area of 23.68 X 104 km2 only. Laos has a enormous virgin land with potential for economic development integral to its abundance of natural resources. 

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Proposition

The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic have signed a Master Agreement on 9th November, 2012 with Giant Consolidated Limited for the railway construction of the part of Lao National Railway Network that is from Savannakhet to Lao Bao which is approximately 220km on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis.

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