Macau government to build 15 hectares of new land fill areas

14 June 2006

Macau, China, 14 June – The Macau government plans to invest 10 million euros on construction of 15 hectares of new land fill areas in the area of Porto Exterior, which will be the future leisure area of the Macau peninsula, officials said.

The Lisboa, Sands, mandarin, Rio, Waldo and President casinos amongst others are located on the Macau peninsula and before the end of the year the Galaxy and the Wynn casinos are scheduled to open.

In January this year the government announced plans to build over 3.98 square kilometres land fill areas in the sea, three of which between Taipa island and the Macau peninsula, one to the South of Macau and another to the northeast.

With the landfills due to be started in January Macau’s total area is set to increase by 14.5 percent.

Macau currently covers an area of 28.2 square kilometers.

The new areas of development in Macau were calculated taking into account the fact that the population of Macau is expected to increase from a current 470,000 inhabitants to 610,000 by 2023.

The coordinator of the Macau Government Infrastructure Development Office, Castanheira Lourenço also said Tuesday that work on construction of two road tunnels between Macau and Taipa would begin by the end of the year.

The project, which will take three years to build and will involve investment of over 100 million euros, aims to meet the traffic needs between the peninsula and islands when the hotel and casino projects between Taipa and Coloane have been concluded.

The Macau budget for 2006 outlines investments worth 600 million euros. (macauhub)

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