Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Chinas Railway for Laos: From Boten to Vientiane - The Maps

Update 16.8.2018

Construction work for the railway from Chinas border in Boten to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, has advanced. Follow the updates here.


Let's start with the Boten-Vientiane-Railway Google Map by #treasuresoflaos with latest updates:


A list of all planned station has been published by Wisarut:

0. km Zero at Lao - China Border at Lao - China Friendship Tunnel (友谊隧道)
1. Boten (磨丁)=> the Southern end of Friendship tunnels - km 3 + 020
2. Na Teuy (纳堆, ບ້ານນາທົ່ງ) km 15+400 2
3. Na Mor (纳磨) km 30+940
4. Na Thong (那通) => km 40 + 675
5. Ban HuaNam (班华楠) => km 55 + 960
6. Muong Xai - (孟塞, ເມືອງໄຊ) the provincial capital of Oudomsay province - km 69 + 550
7. Nam Nga (楠河) km 85 + 465
8. Ban Na khok (班纳科) km 99 + 490
9. Muong Nga (孟阿) km 115 + 720
10. Huoi Phoulai (会福莱ห) km 129 + 000
11. Huoi Han Nga (会汉河) km 136 + 600
12. Huoi Yan Nga (会宴河) km 150 + 420
13. Ban Sanao (班萨诺) km 159 + 150
14. Luang Prabang (琅勃拉邦, ຫລວງພຣະບາງ) - km 170 + 200
15. Xieng Ngeun (相嫩, ຊຽງເງີນ) - southern suburb of Luang Prabang - km 179 + 150
16. Ban (班普亚) km 192 + 385
17. Sala Patu (沙拉巴土) km 211 + 620
18. Ban Sen (班森) km 221 + 320
19. Ban Na Sung( 班那送) km 229 + 380
10. Muong Kasi (孟卡西) - km 240 + 090
11. Ban BuaPheouk ( 班本弗) - 250 + 500
12. Ban Phatang (班帕当) - km 268 + 250
13. Vang Vieng ( 万荣) - tourist spot - km 285 + 100
14. Ban VangMon (班旺门) - km 298 + 850
15. WangKhi (万基) - km 312 + 175
16. Ban HinHop ( 班欣合) - km 328 + 280
17. Phonh Hong ( 丰洪) - Provincial Capital of Vieng Chan - km 344 + 575
18. Ban Sakha ( 班沙噶) km 359 + 350
19. Ban Phonh Sung (班芬送, ໂພນສູງ) km 374+650
20. Vientiane Neua - (万象北, ວຽງຈັນເຫນືອ) Northern Vieng Chan capital - km 390 + 050
21. Vientiane (象北) - km 408 + 240 - Lao National University of Laos at Ban Don Noun, Viengchan Capital
22. Vientiane Tay (万象南) - clearly the station near National Stadium at Lak 16 at km 412 + 300 - not in the list of starting yet since this has been terminated at km 409+000
23. Thanaleng East (塔拉能东 ท่านาแล้งตะวันออก) - clearly the station near Tha Nalaeng station at km 425+000 - not in the list of starting yet since this has been terminated at km 409+000


Maps published in an early stage of planning:

Line from border between Laos and China at Boten (Map 1)

Detail of Line at Boten (Map2)


(Map 3)

Line west of Oudomsay airport (Map 4)



Line south of Oudomsay (Map 5)

Line near Luang Prabang (Map 6)

Line south of Luang Prabang< (Map 7)br> The line crosses N13 north of Nam Ngum Lake, south of Vang Vieng (Map 8)

The line follows N13 west of Nam Ngum Lake (Map 9)


North of Vientiane the line follows N13 national road (Map 10)


The line crosses the Mekong and the border to Thailand at Nong Khai, Vientiane and its airport at the left (Map 11)


Soure of the maps: 新建铁路磨丁至万象线线路平 Boten Vientiane Railway Line


See also this map by designforconservation.org


Planned is an electrified single track (standard track gauge) with a distance of 427,7 km. There will be 162 bridges with a total distance of 68.093 km, 72 tunnels with the distance of 183.978 km. Maximum speed for cargo will be 120 kph, maximum speed for passenger trains from Boten to Vang Vieng will be 160 kph, from Vang Vieng to Vientiane capital 200 kph. 33 stations are planned, but first only 21 stations will be built. These will allow trains passing each other. 11 stations will offer passenger services.

7 major tunnels are planned:
Lao - China Friendship tunnel (友谊隧道 and 玉磨铁路友谊隧道): 9,68 km, 2,51 km on Lao side of border while 7,17 km on Chinese side. Start of construction in June 2016 by China Railway Second Bureau.
Kong Lang tunnel (空琅村隧道, 8150 meter)
Wa Nu Mountain (努瓦山隧道, 8185 meter)
Phu Kluea (福格村隧道, 8880 meter)
Ka (卡村隧道, 8005 meter)
Sen tunnel (森村隧道, 9405 meter)
La Meng tunnel (拉孟山隧道, 8055 meter)

According to the plan, there will be 11 stations for passenger use. 3 will be built in Oudomxay's Namor, Xay and Nga districts. 2 more stations will be built in Luang Prabang and Xieng-ngeun districts in Luang Prabang province. 3 will be constructed in Kasy, Vangvieng and Phonhong districts in Vientiane province and the main station will be in Vientiane. A goods transport depot will also be built in Vientiane.

More details here.

The total project cost is estimated at 38.7 billion yuan (over USD 6 billion), which is about 90.6 million yuan (approx. USD 14 million) per kilometre. The Lao government has obtained a loan of about USD 480 million from China to pay its share of the investment cost. Somsavat Lengsavad, Laotian deputy prime minister, said the Chinese government has earlier offered Laos a loan with a three-percent interest rate, adding that Laotian government also asked the Chinese government to reduce the rate. He did not mention what the agreed-upon interest rate was. Laos will back the loan with five of its potash mines. Somsavat said after calculation, Laos has determined that it will be able to pay it back to China within five years instead of 30 years as Laos has five mines.


Construction contracts were awarded as follows:

1. Boten - Meuang Xay (Oudomxay, 88.65 km): China Railway No.5 Engineering Group (owned by China Railway Group Limited)
2. Meuang Xay (Oudomxay) - Nam Seu Bridge (68.8 km, including Mueang Xai station yard): China Railway International Group (owned by China Railway Group Limited)
3. Nam Seu Bridge - Phou Sanen Hill (65.6 km, including Bridge across Sue river): China Railway Baju Group Company (owned by China Railway Group Limited)
4. Phou Sanen Hill - Ban Pa Village (61.49 km): Sinohydro Group
5. Ban Pa Village - Phonhong (79.5 km): Power Construction Corporation of China
6. Phonhong - Vientiane (65.7 km, (including Phone Hong station yard): China Railway Erju Co., Ltd (owned by China Railway Group Limited)


See also Map China Laos Railway


See video of the line


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