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Laos Expects Rising Demand for Elevators and Escalators

Mitsubishi Elevators in Laos

Japanese electronics giant Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has set up a new subsidiary in Laos amid growing demand in the country for elevators and escalators.

Modern Lao Homes: Paving the Way for A Higher Standard of Home Building in Laos

Modern Lao Homes Interior

Founded by two expatriates, Mr Greg Nolan, an Australian and Mr Benjamin Soo, a Malaysian-Lao, Modern Lao Homes began with the mission to take on the challenges of building quality, modern homes in Laos. In their visits to their client’s properties they’ve been called in to renovate, Greg and Benjamin realized that Lao many houses are in very poor condition, some only a few years old.  This is largely a result of construction companies in Laos using low quality building materials and techniques to cut corners and cut costs.

In just three years since its establishment, Modern Lao Homes has undertaken a total of twenty projects, including renovation, design and home-building in Vientiane. And another ten projects are underway, scheduled to be built in 2019. As the demand for good home construction increases, Modern Lao Homes is striving to make its services readily available for Vientiane, and to carve a name for itself as Laos’ most trusted and valuable home builders.

Satisfied Customers of Modern Lao Homes

Satisfied Customers of Modern Lao Homes

There is also a common local misconception that building a modern house often means it will be a lot more expensive, especially when hiring an expat-run company like Modern Lao Homes to build, but according to Greg and Benjamin, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Modern Lao Homes Interior

“We are upfront and transparent with the cost it takes to build a good home with our customers,” says Greg.

“Our houses will last for generations, unlike many of the houses that are found in the market today. We are also probably the only company that are transparent enough to show our customers every bill for items purchased and the profit margin we make so they know that they really get their money’s worth,” he continues. 

Modern KitchenAnother of the unique selling points of Modern Lao Homes is the company’s ability to source for products and items overseas that aren’t typically found in Laos. Saw a nice barn door on Pinterest that you think would be great in your kitchen? WiFi lighting in the living room? Sliding doors that slides into the cavity of the walls? The company has a good network with suppliers in Australia, Thailand and Malaysia that would be able to bring in products and materials of your liking to complete your dream home.

 Modern Lao Homes offers a variety of services ranging from home renovations to providing architectural drawings and of course, home building. The process of building a house can be daunting especially with the many paperwork and processes required to obtain build permits but at Modern Lao Homes, all paperwork is carried out by the team to put the customers at ease.

With the upcoming Lao Real Estate Expo 2019 to be held in Don Chan in 1st March this year, the public will be able to experience a VR walk-through of the company’s very own completed houses at their booth. Their booth received great reception and buzz last year during the Lao Build Expo 2018 when they first introduced a new way for customers to experience and see the quality of their builds through the use of VR and has agreed to do it again for their upcoming booths at Lao Real Estate Expo 2019 and Lao Build 2019 this year.

Lao Real Estate Expo 2019

 To contact Modern Lao Homes, visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/modernlaohomes/, or call 020 2803 7367 (Lao), 020 9995 6855 (English).

Vientiane Bans Soil Excavation or Transportation During Rainy Season

The Vientiane Department of Public Works and Transport issued a notice temporarily banning the excavation and transportion of soil and sand throughout the capital throughout the rainy season, from 15 June to 15 October 2018.

New Vientiane Bus Station Construction Delayed

New Vientiane Bus Station

Construction of the new Vientiane bus station in Nongchan Village, in central Vientiane, has been delayed due to an amendment to its design.

Chitchareune Construction, the same developer that recently completed the new National Library of Laos, has decided to increase the height of the ground floor of the new bus station, which is to house a 12-storey shopping mall.

The new bus station, valued at US $37.5 million, is aimed at improving bus services and providing a better service to passengers.

The project is now only 23 percent complete after construction began in July 2015. The ground floor was initially to be complete in December 2016, however design changes have led to its delay.

According to Vientiane Capital authorities, the project should be completed by December 2018. Concerns have been raised as to whether the developer will be able to meet the deadline or not.

The new Vientiane bus station site will include a shopping center, office spaces, stalls and parking areas to accommodate the city’s growing number of vehicles. A bus depot zone will also be included at the site, allowing idle buses to park away from traffic flow.

The new Vientiane bus station project covers some 7,642 square meters, and the developer has been approved a concession for 70 years.

There are currently more than sixty buses utilizing the bus station site, including those running across the border to Thailand. The buses park at a side street nearby while they await completion of this project.

Kasy Town to Be Relocated due to Railway Construction

Laos-China Railway

The urban centre of Kasy district in Vientiane province will be relocated to an area near the Kasy road to allow for construction of the Laos-China railway.

A plot of flat land located in the Kasy road area has been allocated, requiring the relocation of about 400 houses and government offices that currently line Road 13 North.

Director of the provincial Public Works and Transport Department, Mr Soumountha Somchanmavong, told journalists on Friday that dirt roads have already been built in the area where the town will be relocated.

About 400 buildings will require demolition as the railway will pass through the town, and a 100-metre section of land will be cordoned off along either side of the railway line.

“We have suggested that a 50-metre section of land bordering either side of the railway be fenced off but we don’t know if the railway management will allow this,” Mr Soumountha said.

If railway officials accept the 50 metre measurement, not all of the 400 properties will have to move.

One potential positive aspect of the relocation of Kasy district’s urban center is a solution to traffic congestion and other developmental issues. The town’s current setting is unsuited to socio-economic development, officials say.

The present location does not meet the regulations set by the government and the town’s layout is the cause of traffic congestion in the area.

Staff working in the Kasy District Administration Office say they are often interrupted by noise from outside, adding that a lot of this noise comes from the market and bus station, which are located next to the office.

A bridge over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang province will be part of the planned 417-km railway running from the Chinese border to Vientiane through the provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane.

The railway is estimated to cost US$5.8 billion and will run from the border area of Boten in Luang Namtha province to Vientiane. It is scheduled for completion in 2021 and is 70 percent owned by China and 30 percent by Laos.

Construction of Petroleum Refinery to Resume This Month

A petroleum refinery project located in the energy and chemical precinct of Saysettha Development Zone, Vientiane is expected to resume this month after construction was halted for about six months.

The refinery project began in 2015 under Laos-China Dongyan Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (LCPC).

Under the project, Yunnan Dongyan Industrial Co., Ltd holds a 75 percent share, while 20 percent is held by Lao State Fuel Company and the other 5 percent by Lao-China Joint Investment Co., Ltd.

At present, work on the project was about 35 percent complete with construction to be finished in November next year, Deputy General Manager of the Lao-China Joint Venture Investment Co., Ltd., Mr Kiengkham Phoutchantavongsa, told Vientiane Times during a visit to the zone recently.

He cited a change in shareholders leading to a halt in the project.

The petroleum refinery project will cover an area of over 280,000 square metres with total investment of about US$179 million.

The refinery would use low grade mixed light oil as raw material and adopt advanced technologies to produce gasoline, diesel, LPG, purified petroleum benzene, sulphur and other petroleum based products, according to information provided by LCPC.

Production capacity of standard gasoline would be 300,000 tonnes per annum and 500,000 tonnes of diesel per year.

In addition it will also produce 18,000 tonnes per annum of liquefied petroleum gas, 12,600 tonnes per year of benzene and 5,000 tonnes per annum of industrial-grade sulphur.

Once operational the refinery would become among the nation’s largest industrial enterprises and be able to supply about 65 percent of fuel in Laos, Mr Kiengkham said.

He added the project would also include construction of a petroleum products storage facility with a capacity of 60 million litres.

At present, the oil warehouses of the Lao State Fuel Company around the country contain only 40 million litres.

Saysettha Development Zone was established in 2010 with the aim of developing an eco-industrial city.

About 35 Chinese and foreign companies have already moved into the zone, with an aggregate investment of about US$350 million.

According to the company, in the first phase the zone will mainly develop industry, focusing on the processing of agricultural and other primary products like hardware, building materials and machinery .

The zone will also support the technological innovation and entrepreneurship of small and medium enterprises.

In the second phase from 2016-2020 and the third phase from 2020-2030, the zone will mainly develop commerce and trade along with a focus on building a new part of Vientiane.

The zone expected to spend about US$650 million on infrastructure investment over three phases, on about 1,149 hectares of land, according to the company’s development plan.

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Source: Vientiane Times

PM to launch railway construction in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang province: — Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will officially launch the start of construction for the Laos-China railway project at a ceremony on December 25.

The ceremony to kick off railway construction will take place in Luang Prabang district’s Phonxay village where a railway bridge spanning the Mekong River will be built.

Director of the provincial Public Works and Transport Department Mr Fasanan Thammavong, told the press on Wednesday that the PM has agreed to launch construction on December 25.

Last week Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, also discussed the matter with relevant officials in the province.

The railway bridge will be part of the planned 427-km Laos-China railway running from the Chinese border to Vientiane and through the four provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane.

The railway through Luang Prabang province covers a length of 80 kilometres taking in the three districts of Chomphet, Luang Prabang and Xiengngeun.

A Chinese construction company will build the railway bridge across the Mekong and four ports that will be used to handle construction materials. The contractors would have preferred to utilise six river ports, but two locations were not suitable as they are tourism sites. Mr Fasanan added that a Chinese construction company would spend two years building the railway bridge across the Mekong River.

Presently, Luang Namtha and Oudomxay provinces have installed some red markers to set out the railway land, while Vientiane province is constructing the railway worker camps for thousands of labourers.

The Laos-China Railway Project is estimated to cost about US$6 billion and will run from the border area of Boten in Luang Namtha province to Vientiane. It is scheduled for completion in 2021 and is 70 percent owned by China and 30 percent by Laos.

A railway will also be built to connect Khammuan province’s Thakhaek district to the Vietnamese border, from where it will run to a coastal port in Vietnam. Another track will be built from Thakhaek to the Cambodian border.

The Laos-China railway will have a 1.435-metre standard-gauge track with 33 stations, 21 of which will be operational initially.

There will be 72 tunnels with a combined length of 183.9 km, representing 43 percent of the railway’s entire length.

The line will also have 170 bridges totalling 69.2 km in length, accounting for 15.8 percent of the total. Passenger trains will travel at 160 km per hour, while the speed of rail freight will be 120 km per hour.

Source: Vientiane Times

Railway Access Road Construction Begins for Tunnel Drilling Site

A Chinese contractor has recently begun surveying the construction area of an access road to the drilling site for the Laos-China Railway tunnel in Nga district, Oudomxay Province, said a member of the technical staff.

Deputy Head of the Oudomxay Provincial Public Works and Construction Department, Mr Sinouan Khamdy told a KPL News reporter last Friday that the railway will pass through the three districts of Namor, Xay and Nga (40 villages) with a total length of 126.6 km, representing one third of the total length of the rail line. Three main stations and six small stations are to be built in Oudomxay.

This project will be the biggest one ever to be implemented in the province, he said, adding that the majority of the railway construction activities in Oudomxay will be tunnels (40% of the total length of the rail line) and bridges.  The longest tunnel will be 9.3 km in length and will be drilled in Nga District.

The Oudomxay Coordinating Committee for the Management of the Lao-China Railway Construction Project is now conducting a public campaign in affected areas to increase the understand of local people and also to encourage their participation in making the construction project a success, Mr Sinouan said.

The Coordinating Office for the Laos-China Railway Construction Project and seven coordinating committees responsible for the project have also been set up, said Oudomxay Deputy Governor Mr Somchit Phanyasack.

The compensation allowance for families affected by the project in Oudomxay and Luang Namtha has yet to be determined.

The railway is expected to significantly boost transport, both at the provincial and national level.

The cargo transport cost by the Laos-China Railway will be about 100,000 kip per tonne, said Mr Somchit.

More than 5,000 Chinese workers are expected to work on the project.

 

Source: KPL