Sun Group inaugurates major infrastructure facilities in Quang Ninh

04-Jan-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Following the launch of the Van Don International Airport, Vietnamese private firm Sun Group inaugurated the Halong International Passenger Terminal and the Halong-Van Don Expressway in the northern province of Quang Ninh on December 30, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

The terminal, located in Bai Chay, Halong City, was developed under public-private partnership between Sun Group and Quang Ninh Province with a total investment of VND1.03 trillion (US$44.3 million).

It was designed to have a 524-metre pier that can receive two cruise ships at a time with a capacity of up to 225,000 GT and passengers totalling 8,460, including the crew.

The port provides a five-star three-story terminal, covering 7,600 square meters, and a harbor serving 250 tourist boats, carrying visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay.

To connect the airport and the port, the Halong-Van Don Expressway, built by BOT Bien Cuong JSC under Sun Group, at a cost of some VND12 trillion (US$516 million), was opened to traffic on the same day.

The expressway, which is nearly 85 kilometers long, helps reduce the travel time between Halong and Van Don to 50 minutes from the previous 90 minutes.

Together with the Halong-Hai Phong Highway, which was put into service in September 2018, the new expressway creates traffic connections in the economic triangle axis of Hanoi-Hai Phong-Quang Ninh and forms the Hanoi-Hai Phong-Halong-Van Don-Mong Cai expressway route, easing traffic flows on National Highway 18 to some extent.

The new route also helps reduce the travel time between Hanoi and Van Don to two and a half hours from the previous five hours.

Speaking at the launch, prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed the Party and State perspectives on the attraction of private investments for building infrastructure facilities and asked other local governments to study these projects for a similar application in their localities, as the overstretched State budget cannot support more projects.

The new facilities will help Quang Ninh bolster tourism, which is its key economic sector, according to the government leader.

He spoke highly of the bold mindset of the provincial authorities in allowing private investors to contribute to the development of major infrastructure facilities, turning the province into the fourth largest contributor to the State budget.

The leader asked the provincial government and Sun Group to work together to develop services for the new facilities to attract more tourists, operate the facilities safely and complete supporting projects to maximise the efficiency of the new facilities.


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