China: Construction of Macau-Zhuhai-Hong Kong bridge begins in 2009

13 November 2008

Beijing, China, 13 Nov – The Chinese deputy minister for the National Commission for Reform and Development, Zhang Xiaoqiang, said Wednesday in Beijing that provided all went as planned, construction of the Macau-Zhuhai-Hong Kong bridge would begin at the start of 2009.

In an interview with the Hong Kong and Macau press, Zhang, cited by the People’s daily newspaper, said that the departments involved were currently making adjustments and improvements to the feasibility study, mainly focused on financial aspects.

As soon as the document is submitted to the Commission it will be examined without delay, the deputy minister said, adding that if its is approved it would be submitted to the Council of State for approval.

After the feasibility study is approved, Zhang said, design and preparation for construction of the bridge could begin.

In August Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong reached a deal on funding for construction of the bridge between the three regions with mainland China bearing most of the cost of the project, expected to cost US$5 billion.

After a meeting in Guangzhou between Hong Kong and Guangdong, Donald Tsang, the chief executive of the Hong Kong government, said that the bridge would be funded to a total of 7 billion yuan by Guangdong province, whilst Hong Kong will pay 6.75 billion yuan and Macau 1.98 billion yuan.

The overall investment from the three governments – 15.73 billion yuan – accounts for 42 percent of the total cost of the project.

The remaining investment will be funded by bank loans and private investment.

The y-shaped bridge between Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, has an estimated cost of 40 billion yuan.

The bridge will have six lanes, be between 30 and 35 kilometres long and be built as a combination of bridges and tunnels in order to keep navigation channels open.

At the two ends of the bridge two artificial islands are to be built from which Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau will be accessed. (macauhub)