Construction at Thilawa to start in February

Construction of a general and cargo ports at Thilawa SEZ is due to start in February 2015 with the help of an official development assistance (ODA) loan from Japan.

Two Japanese firms passed a pre-examination tender trial and one would now be selected, said Mya Than, chief civil engineer at the Myanma Port Authority.

There are only two ports, MITT and MIPL, that can handle general cargo at Thilawa and a jetty bridge through which general cargo can be loaded is still under construction. To enlarge Thilawa, the Ministry of Transport secured the US$205 million ODA loan from Japan.

A total of 37 plots are being explored for potential ports in the Thilawa region and this new development will use five of the 10 vacant plots.


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