Site clearance starts for Ke Ga deepwater port

Update: June, 14/2011 - 09:15

BINH THUAN — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has allowed the south central province of Binh Thuan to start site clearance for the construction of Ke Ga Port.

The PM called on provincial authorities to clearly define how much land it would need for the successful and efficient completion of the project.

With investment from the Viet Nam Coal and Mineral Industries Holding Corp (Vinacomin), construction is set to take place on land within Tan Thanh Commune in the Ham Thuan Nam District of Binh Thuan Province, previously allocated to 12 tourism projects. The completed deep-water port will cover 366ha, including 2km of coastline.

"Assisted by both investors and related authorities, we believe we have found the best spot for constructing the port," a local official confirmed.

Port construction will be divided into four phases, the first of which will see the development of a 3.5-million-tonne-per-year capacity.

All four phases are planned to reach completion by 2020, hopefully to assist in cutting transportation costs associated with bauxite projects amongst others.

"Bauxite will be transported from the Central Highland province of Dac Nong to Binh Thuan Province by train, after which it will be sent to customers from Ke Ga Port," the official said. — VNS