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Chinese companies to help Malaysia build new deep sea port in Malacca

Update Date:2016-10-20 15:01:46 Source:BeiJing Tannet Views:339
MALACCA, Malaysia - Three Chinese companies joined hands on Wednesday to help a Malaysian company build a new deep sea port in the Strait of Malacca.

The deep sea port, part of a grander 30 billion-ringgit ($7.2 billion) Melaka Gateway Project, is estimated to cost around eight billion ringgit and will be built with the help of PowerChina International, Shenzhen Yantian Port Group and Rizhao Port Group.

It is expected to be completed by 2019.

KAJ Development, the Malaysian company, said in a press release that the port is designed as a liquid cargo terminal, which will have storage facilities for liquid cargo, including petroleum, chemical products and vegetable oil.

With a deep waterway of 25 to 30 meters, the port will be "an ideal choice for a deep sea port facility," said KAJ Development.

A foundation laying ceremony was also held on the day, with both Malaysia's minister of transport Liow Tiong Lai and China's ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang in attendance.

"On an annual basis, over nearly 100,000 vessels ply the Strait of Malacca as its strategic location as part of east-west maritime gateway. Clearly, there is significant opportunity and potential for growth," said Liow, adding the project was in accordance with the Belt and Road initiative put forward by China.

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