Tag Archives: Infrastructure

Train plans get turbo boost

The timing could not be better for the Greater Bay Area, home to arguably the country’s most ambitious high-speed railway network masterplan: The central government has decided to accelerate local governments’ spending on infrastructure – by doubling their originally approved budgets for this year. 

Although we will need to wait for further details to trickle down, it seems likely that Guangdong will move fast on this decision. The province isn’t included specifically in the new list of projects approved for spending, but this is likely because it already has so many major railway projects under way. However, a few of the region’s more ambitious plans have been languishing recently while awaiting approval from Up North. Those that spring to mind are the CrossBay Railway, which will run from Zhuhai directly under the bay to Shenzhen, and the second Intercity Railway linking Guangzhou to Hong Kong, which will pass through Shenzhen’s Qianhai and run all the way out to Lantau.

That is besides plans for 600 km/h Maglev lines, will likely now be given more serious study.

Watch this space. We will update in due course.

Intercity Railway to open Nov. 1

The region’s biggest and most important infrastructure project of the year, if not the decade, will open on November 1, it was announced today. Originally scheduled to open on National Day, October 1, the Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen Intercity Railway was forced to delay its launch after some technical issues came up that had to be resolved. But these have now been fixed.

After 11 years of construction, the railway line is a vital connector of 15 stations, all key nodes along the eastern coast of the Greater Bay Area. Running through its three biggest cities, in its first phase of development the railway will start at the Shenzhen Airport in Baoan and run up to Xintang station, on the border of Guangzhou and Dongguan. Sometime next year it will be extended to Qianhai in the south. The next stage thereafter will be to connect further northward, to Guangzhou East and then Guangzhou Airport and Guangzhou North. 

In the meantime, the Xintang station will connect with the old Guangshen Railway, enabling passengers to switch trains and go to Guangzhou East, which is in the Tianhe business district. Read our explainer here, with maps.

Huizhou prepares for new airport terminal

Huizhou Airport’s new terminal is expected to be completed by the end of this month. As of July 31, passenger throughput has exceeded 1.5 million this year. This will jump to 2.5 million after the new terminal is officially put into operation, by the end of year, according the Huizhou Municipal Transportation Bureau. 

Currently, Huizhou Airport has 12 airlines offering 36 flight routes to connect 31 cities around the country, while cargo and courier handling capacity reached 4679.6 tons, up 45.6% and 59.1% respectively. The airport’s existing capacity has reached its maximum.

Continue reading Huizhou prepares for new airport terminal

Zhuhai airport plans major expansion

Zhuhai’s international airport is about to get a major upgrade. The city will spend RMB4.8 billion over the next eight years to expand capacity by adding a second terminal and other facilities. By 2027, it will be able to handle 198,000 flights, 27.5 million passengers and 104,000 tons of cargo and mail annually. 

The new capacity, which includes 25 new parking stands, is called for in response to surging passenger throughput, which reached 11.22 million last year. The current terminal has a designed capability of 12 million. 

Continue reading Zhuhai airport plans major expansion

Dongguan to add railway hub

Dongguan will cooperate with the Hong Kong MTR Corporation to plan and construct the Binhaiwan Bay Station at the Shajiao Peninsula of the Binhaiwan Bay Area, integrating three types of rail transportation: high-speed railway, intercity railway and city metro. 

The new station will be modeled after the West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, allowing passengers to transfer seamlessly among the three rail transportation methods. 

Three metro lines from three cities will stop by Binhaiwan Bay Station, including Line 2 of Dongguan Metro, Line 20 of Shenzhen Metro, and Line 22 of Guangzhou Metro. The metro network will connect Dongguan directly with the Shenzhen Airport New Town. The city centers of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou will be only one-hour away from the Binhaiwan Bay Station in Dongguan, allowing passengers to travel to Shenzhen in 6 minutes, Guangzhou in 35 minutes, and Hong Kong in 40 minutes from the new station. 

Binhaiwan Bay Station is also planning to connect with the Zhongshan-Nansha-Humen Intercity Railway and the Second Guangzhou-Shenzhen High-speed Railway. 

Read morein Chinese.

Guangdong fair sees RMB350b contracts signed

The annual China (Guangzhou) International Financial Exchanges Expo was held over the weekend, with more than 100,000 visitors attending. No fewer than 48 projects were sealed at the fair, with contracts signed worth nearly RMB 350 billion. These included seven major projects related to infrastructure buildout in the Greater Bay Area.

While the headline figure may sound large, these projects are all related to plans that have been in the pipeline for some time. They are part of the province’s ongoing public spending program. Still, the fair was noteworthy for the fact that fintech projects were exhibiting for the first time.

Read more.

GBA Briefs: 24/6/2019

Foshan MTR Deal: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has teamed up with Foshan-based property giant, Country Garden, and the local government to set up a smart MRT railway research and development center in the Shunde district. Read more.

Shenzhen Airbus Deal:Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Company will debut the VIP version of Airbus’ H160 helicopter following an agreement signed at the Paris Air Show. Read more.

Shenzhen Car Quotas:Shenzhen’s new quotas for 40,000 car license plates will be auctioned between June and August, shorter than the originally announced June to December, in response to a central government call to boost vehicle sales in a sluggish market. Read more. 

Guangzhou Airport:Guangzhou’s airport has broken the 10 million annual passenger mark and is rated one of the top 3 in the country together Beijing and Shanghai.Readmore. 

Robots Raising: Shenzhen-based Leju Robotics has raised RMB250 million (US$36.21 million) in a Series B round led by Aplus Capital and an investment vehicle of media firm Shenzhen Press Group. Existing investor Tencent also participated. Read more.

Capital’s Capital Grows:Guangzhou’s balance of deposits and credits (including foreign currency) exceeded RMB10 trillion by the end of May, up 14.6% year-on-year and, ranking first ahead of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tianjin. Read more

Bullet Train Booms:The Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link has served over 14 million passengers between the HKSAR and cities in the Mainland since opening last year. Read more

Secure Investment:The security industry in Foshan’s Nanhai district exceeded RMB24 billion in 2018, up nearly 40%, thanks to the construction of science parks, cooperation with Shenzhen and policy support from the government. Foshan is a hub for security and safety equipment manufacturing. Read more

Art Haul: Around RMB 190 million of artwork changed hands over the weekend in Guangzhou, where the 24th Spring Guangzhou Art Fair was held in the Pazhou convention center. A total of 360 art institutions from 38 countries displayed 20,000 paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, new media and other arts. Read more.

Zhuhai to build 3 new high-speed railways

The western side of the Greater Bay Area is heading for a major high-speed railway upgrade. We knew already that Guangzhou was planning a new line to Zhuhai, because the design was released in its 2035 development plan last week. But today we got news that not only one, but three new high-speed railways will cross the western cities of Foshan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhuhai in the coming decade. 

Casino investors must not have received the news yet. As the map here shows, these railways will bring passengers from Guangzhou and Shenzhen at lightning speed to the border of Macau. How fast? Does 30-60 minutes sound good?

The first is the 210-kilometer Guangzhou-Jiangmen-Zhuhai-MacauHigh-speed Railway which will start at the Guangzhou Railway Station, right in the heart of the city’s CBD, and head towards Jiangmen. From there it will pivot southwards to the new hub being planned for Zhuhai’s Hezhou, which is where the city’s under-utilized international airport is currently located. It will then make the extra step to Hengqin, which will be herding gamblers into Macau from November this year.

The second is the 200-kilometer Guangzhou-Zhongshan-Zhuahi-MacauHigh-speed Railway, which will begin at Guangzhou North, near the city’s airport, pass through Guangzhou East’s Yuzhu Station (also in the heart of the city), and then head down to Nansha before turning toward Zhongshan. It will then pass through Zhongshan’s Sanxiang and Tanzhou towns, and on to the Zhuhai hub in Hezhou. 

The third is the Shenzhen-ZhuhaiHigh-speed Railway, which was previously planned as an Intercity Railway (slower) between the two cities. The line will be only 80 km long because it will go under and across the Bay. From Shenzhen’s Xili station, it shoots across a bridge-tunnel combination to land in Zhuhai North within 30 minutes. From there it will run out to Zhuhai’s Hezhou hub. 

Read morein Chinese

Zone construction spurs Huizhou

New hi-tech zones being built in Huizhou are pushing up the city’s fixed-asset investment growth, which rose 7.8% in the first four months of this year, official statistics show.

Real estate grew nearly 20%, but it was electricity, gas and water supply (+254.5%), railway transportation (+40.2%), and road transportation (+47%) that stood out.

The infrastructure spending was focused on key projects such as the Zhongxin industrial park and Zhongkai High-tech Zone, taking RMB21.38 billion in the first four months and accounting for 31% of the yearly investment plan, up 1.6 percentage points from last year.

Spending is expected to continue to grow strongly in the near future, thanks to the USD10 billion ExxonMobil project and the USD7 billion project invested jointly by China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell.

Read more in Chinese.