China: Zhuhai government wants to transform port of Gaolan into largest in southeast China

27 November 2008

Zhuhai, China, 27 Nov – The government of the city of Zhuhai plans to reclaim 62 square kilometres of land from the sea to increase the size of the port of Gaolan and provide more land to develop high technology and high added value industries according to Macau Monitor, which is distributed by news agency MacauNews.

“The city of Zhuhai is investing strongly in the port of Gaolan, which has a depth of 15.2 metres, with the construction of two container docks and an annual capacity to process 800,000 containers and, later, with the construction of a further two terminal with a 100,000 container capacity,” according to Macau Monitor.

By 2011 the government wants to turn the Gaolan cargo port into the biggest container terminal in the western area of the Pearl River Delta, with an annual capacity of 2.3 million TEU in order to become the preferential destination for exports to Europe and the United States, replacing Hong Kong and becoming the biggest port in southeast China.

The Zhuhai authorities, according to Macau Monitor, plan for the city to be on the same level as Zhongshan, Foshan and Dongguan, which are important centres of trade and industry in Guangdong province.

The land to be reclaimed in Gaolan is twice the area of the Administrative Region of Macau.

As well as the bridge that will link it to Hong Kong and Macau, costing 42 billion yuan, as of 2009 Zhuhai will have a light railway link and two years later a railway link to the city of Guangzhou.

With an area of 1,700 square kilometres, Zhuhai has a population of 1.45 million people and its main economic activities are agriculture and forestry, as well the electronics, petrochemical and precision machinery industries.

In 2007 Zhuhai received 7.58 million visitors, a rise of 3.9 percent in relation to 2006.

In the first nine months of 2008 foreign investment in Zhuhai totalled US$1.28 billion, or 19.5 percent less than in the same period of 2007. (macauhub)