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Vietnamese, Lao firms join hands in developing railway project

Vietnamese infrastructure developer Deo Ca Group JSC has signed a joint venture agreement with Laos’ Petroleum Trading Lao (Petro Trade) Public Company to develop a railway project linking the two countries.

The rail route spans 554.7 kilometers from Vung Ang Port in Vietnam’s coastal province of Ha Tinh to Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos.

The project will be built under the public-private partnership, with a total investment of 149.55 trillion VND (US$6.3 billion).

As part of the deal, Deo Ca Group and Petro Trade will pour 27.48 trillion VND into constructing a 103-km section of the railway between Vung Ang Port and Mu Gia Pass in Quang Binh province. The section, which will have one terminal and seven stations, is designed for a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour.

Once put into operation, the project is expected to enhance freight forwarding services between Vietnam and regional countries, notably from Vung Ang Port to the economic centers in the north of Laos and the southern part of China.

Source: Lao News Agency