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First power plant for HCMC-Can Tho express railway project to kick off in April
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First power plant for HCMC-Can Tho express railway project to kick off in April

The Saigon Times Daily

A map of the adjusted HCMC-Can Tho express railway project - PHOTO: SOUTHERN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

HCMC – Work will start in April on one of nine power plants serving the HCMC-Can Tho high-speed railway project, Thanh Nien Online newspaper reported, citing Ha Ngoc Truong, head of the Metro-Railway Division of the HCMC University of Transport and the express railway project.

Truong said on February 26 that the Southern Institute of Science and Technology, Transport Engineering and Design Incorporated South and other relevant agencies had met to discuss the construction of nine power plants that would fuel the rail line.

Of these, seven waste-to-energy plants will be built at seven stations along the railway and two solar power plants will be set up at the first station called Tan Kien in HCMC and the terminus (Cai Cui station in Can Tho City). Each plant was designed with a capacity of some 50 megawatts.

The first power plant, to be executed in April, requires an estimated investment of US$38 million, Truong said.

The railway project, when in place, will not only help ease traffic congestion but will also process waste in the southern localities.

On March 27, 2013, the Ministry of Transport approved a project to develop a 173,700-kilometer express railway connecting HCMC and Can Tho City with 14 stations. The railway will start from An Binh station in Binh Duong Province and run through the urban areas of HCMC and four Mekong Delta provinces.

However, representatives of HCMC and four localities in the Mekong Delta region later agreed to the Southern Institute of Science and Technology’s proposal to reduce the route’s length to 139.7 kilometers with nine stations, shortening the travel time between HCMC and Can Tho City to roughly 45 minutes. The railway would then run parallel to the HCMC-Trung Luong-My Thuan expressway.

In September last year, the HCMC government proposed the Ministry of Transport adjust the project to make it more feasible.

Truong said that Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The intended to hold a meeting on the project’s adjustment with representatives of HCMC and four Mekong Delta localities, as well as the Southern Institute of Science and Technology, next month.

Many experts agreed that the project should be executed soon as it will promote the southern region’s socioeconomic and cultural development.

However, the lack of capital has hampered the project’s progress.

A representative of the Southern Institute of Science and Technology said the institute had signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada’s MorFund to accept an investment of 6.3 billion Canadian dollars, or some US$5 billion, for the project, which will be executed under public-private partnership. The Vietnamese State will be responsible for site clearance, while investors will cover the construction costs.

In addition, two investors from the United States and the United Kingdom have expressed interest in the project, Truong said.

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