Construction News

Rethink plans to dam Mekong after Laos disaster

Rethink plans to dam Mekong after Laos disaster Barrage collapse highlights risks and need for alternative energy sources 10 August 2018 The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam after heavy rains last month that killed more than 30 in Laos and left thousands of Lao and Cambodian people homeless is reigniting an urgent debate about preventing similar tragedies in future. In a welcome move, the Laos government this week announced a review of safety standards at dams currently under construction and a suspension of approvals for new projects…. Read more »

SCG signs $3.2b loans in Thailand to fund project in Vietnam

SCG signs $3.2b loans in Thailand to fund project in Vietnam 9 August 2018 SCG has signed loan agreements worth over US$3.2 billion with six banks in its home country, Thailand, to fund construction of Viet Nam’s first fully integrated petrochemical complex, Long Son Petrochemicals Company Limited (LSP). Construction will begin in the third quarter of this year and the complex’s commercial operations are expected to start in the first half of 2023 to meet Viet Nam’s soaring demand, now at 2.3 million tonnes a year and projected… Read more »

Investigators Begin Work on Deadly Laos Dam Collapse

Investigators Begin Work on Deadly Laos Dam Collapse 6 August 2018 Laos dam collapse – Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project. Construction work was in progress on hydroelectric dam project The Laos Ministry of Energy and Mines has decided to participate in a government probe of the apparent failure July 23 of a concrete gravity and clay core rockfill dam that killed 34 people. At least 100 more people are reported missing. Heavy rains preceded the apparent collapse at the $1.02-billion Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project. Government ministers were quick to… Read more »

Poipet – The latest real estate boomtown

Poipet – The latest real estate boomtown 8 August 2018 Cambodia’s northwestern border town of Poipet is fast becoming a rival to Sihanoukville in terms of real estate development. Poipet, which borders Thailand and hosts an important border crossing between the two neighboring countries, is in the middle of a building boom. Casinos, hotels, commercial buildings, and residential developments are going up in different parts of the town, fueled by massive foreign investments and an economic boom. Property values have gone up in many parts of Poipet as… Read more »

Hua Hin high speed rail – Plans to have the station downtown

Hua Hin high speed rail – Plans to have the station downtown Thai media has reported that plans to have the Hua Hin high speed railway station out of town have been shelved. The idea is now to put the station close to the town center for the convenience of tourists and visitors. Station master Prasong Komuk revealed to New TV a conversation with communications’ minister Arkhom Termphitayaphaisit in which he said that plans for a station seven kilometers south of the town in Ban Nong Kae were… Read more »

Corporate giants jockey to form alliances for Thailand’s 3 airports link-up rail bid

Corporate giants jockey to form alliances for Thailand’s 3 airports link-up rail bid 8 August 2018 SOME of the country’s biggest companies are manoeuvring to team up for joint bids on a proposed high-speed train project linking three international airports. The corporate alliance building comes as BTS Group Holdings Plc (BTS) indicates it will finalise a deal involving partners this month or the next. The rail operator said it is in discussions with Canadian train signalling system expert Bombardier on a mass rapid transit operating system. Surapong Laoha-Unya, a… Read more »

Mövenpick opens five star seafront hotel in Hua Hin

Mövenpick opens five star seafront hotel in Hua Hin 6 August 2018 Property overlooks Thailand’s gulf coast and contains 96 suites and villas, as well as an Asara Spa. A new five-star property in Thailand has opened its doors with 96 suites and pool villas. The Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hint resort – previously the Asara Villa & Suite Hua Hin – has been completely rebranded with a head-to-toe refurbishment. The beachside location is surrounded by tropical gardens and pools. It is 10 minutes from the… Read more »

New BTS Trains Coming to Extended Route

New BTS Trains Coming to Extended Route 6 August 2018 The BTS system may soon get slightly less crowded as dozens of new trains with more capacity set to enter service later this year. BTS Skytrain executives on Monday officially unveiled the first of 46 new trains in Chonburi province, purchased for 11 billion baht to support the Sukhumvit line and its extension to Samut Prakan province, which will open in December. The train, comprising four carriages, was delivered Sunday. Company representatives said the new trains’ carriages, bought… Read more »

Hua Hin airport due for upgrade, Ratchaburi could get small one

Hua Hin airport due for upgrade, Ratchaburi could get small one 6 August 2018 The Airports Department will spend Bt3.5 billion to upgrade Hua Hin International Airport over the next five years, the department’s director-general said on Monday. Darun Saengchai said the upgrade was part of the “Riviera Thailand” and Southern Economic Corridor projects. He said work at the airport would take four or five years and include enlarging the passenger terminal and building a second one. The number of travellers using the airport is expected to increase… Read more »

Thai cabinet approves Den Chai – Chiang Khong line

Thai cabinet approves Den Chai – Chiang Khong line 3 August 2018 THE Thai cabinet has approved funding for the construction of a 326km double-track line linking Den Chai (Phrae province) on the Bangkok – Chiang Mai line with Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong on the Mekong River, which forms part of the border between Thailand and Laos. The Baht 85.3bn ($US 2.6bn) project includes the construction of 26 stations, 26 overpasses, 102 underpasses and four tunnels. The project will be tendered in three sections ranging in length… Read more »