Better Infrastructure, Better Life
CCCC's Top 10 Projects to Make Dreams Come TrueDedicated to the 10th Anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (2013-2023)
In the past ten years since the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed, CCCC has participated in over 1,000 projects in planning, consulting, design, investment, construction, and operation in various countries and regions along the routes. These projects include highways, railways, ports, bridges, airports, port dredging, and urban construction, which not only boosted the social and economic development of these countries and regions but also promoted cultural exchanges, cultivated local talent, and actively contributed to building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Among the projects constructed by CCCC, there are several significant projects such as "bridge of dreams," "first highways," and "first subways" that have helped local people achieve their long-standing aspirations. Let us have a look at some of the "dreamed projects" realized with the assistance of CCCC.
Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville ExpresswayCambodia's first expressway
With a total length of about 187.05 kilometers, the expressway connects Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and Sihanoukville, the largest port city of the country.
After its opening to traffic, the driving time from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville is shortened from more than 5 hours to less than 2 hours, which will greatly reduce the logistics cost, facilitate the local people's travel and boost the economic development of Cambodia.
"I've been expecting this expressway for long."
"With a smooth and wide pavement, so I feel so safe driving on it."
North-South ExpresswayMontenegro's first-ever highway
About 180 kilometers long, North-South Expressway links the southern port city Bar and the northern city Boljare. It is also Montenegro's important access to Europe.
CRBC built the 41-km priority Smokovac-Matesevo section, with a bridge-to-tunnel ratio of about 60%, making many records on rigid-frame bridge construction in the Balkans. The section is the most difficult part of the project.
Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge RailwayKenya's long-awaited railway
Travel time between Mombasa and Nairobi was reduced from 10 hours to less than 5 hours.
The project was awarded the 2018 ENR's Best Project Rail/Transit.
By the end of December 2022, the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway had transported 8.75 million passengers and 1.98 million TEUs.
Budapest-Belgrade RailwaySerbian people's dream for a high-speed rail realized
The railway connects Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and Budapest, the capital of Hungary, and is an electrified mixed railroad. The total length of the railroad is 341.7 kilometers, with a design speed of 200 kilometers per hour, of which the Serbian section is 183 kilometers.
After the opening of the Belgrade-Novi Sad railway, the running time between Belgrade and Novi Sad is shortened from 90 minutes to 30 minutes, and the quality and efficiency of transportation are greatly improved.
On March 19, 2022, the Belgrade-Novi Sad section (80 kilometers long) of the Budapest-Belgrade Railway in Serbia was opened.
"The opening of the new railway has put us on the fast track of high-speed rail development, making my business better and more convenient."
——Novi Sad businessman Ivan
"This railway has improved the transportation conditions in our country, brought closer business connections between cities, and brought a better future for the local economy."
——Stepan, who has lived along the railway for more than 20 years.
First Metro Line of Bogota70-year dream of Bogota citizens for a subway comes true
As the largest municipal project in the history of Colombia, the first Metro Line of Bogota project (PLMB) is a model of win-win cooperation between China and Colombia.
The line will use the highest level automated driverless system, the UTO fully automated driverless system.
The completion of the Bogotá Metro is expected to save citizens 839,000 hours of travel time per day.
"(The line) will improve transportation quality, and people will get to their workplaces comfortably"
China-Maldives Friendship BridgeMaldives' dream for a bridge across the sea realized
China-Maldives Friendship Bridge is a 2-kilometer-long cross-sea bridge to connect Male, the capital of the Maldives, to the airport island.
The CCCC team overcame three world problems: complex coral reefs, long waves in deep water and high temperature and salt corrosion, helping the Maldives to realize the dream of having a bridge across the sea.
"This is a bridge that holds the dream of the Maldivian people, and when other countries said it was impossible for the Maldivian people to have a bridge, it was the CCCC team that finally made our dream a reality. "
——Former Minister of Housing and Construction of the Maldives, Umar Zahir, said when visiting the bridge.
Peljesac BridgeFirst-time connection between Croatia's southern and northern regions
The Peljesac Bridge and its linking-up road project are about 3.94 kilometers in length, of which the bridge is 2,440 meters long and 22.5 meters wide. The project stretches across the Little Stone Bay in the Adriatic Sea, and connects the Croatian territory across the sea.
In 2022, Croatia saw an unprecedented peak in the number of tourists and the development of tourism increased Croatia's income.
"It is a historic day, Croatia has realized the long-cherished dream of connecting the northern and southern territories, and greatly reduced the travel time from other parts of Croatia to southern Croatia, which will have an important impact on the transportation, tourism and economy of southern Croatia."
——said Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic at the opening ceremony of the Peljesac Bridge.
"The bridge showed me that miracles are possible."
Maputo–Katembe BridgeMozambique's long-awaited dream for a bridge comes true
As a shining project of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Maputo–Katembe Bridge has a total length of 3,011 meters and a main span of 680 meters.
The completion of the bridge has greatly facilitated transportation between the two sides of Maputo Bay and become an important part of Mozambique's north-south transportation artery connecting to South Africa.
Officially opened on November 10, 2018
The bridge was awarded the "Award of Merit" of the Engineering News-Record (ENR) as the winner in the category "Global Best Projects" in 2019, and granted the 2017 and 2019 Fulton Awards of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa NPC for its excellent concrete construction quality.
“The project created a total of 3,788 jobs during construction and trained more than 5,000 technical workers, becoming a university for training local industrial workers."
——Su Jian, then Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique, said at the opening ceremony of the bridge.
"The opening of the bridge has brought tangible benefits to the locals. Now I can take a car directly to work, saving a lot of time."
——António, who lives on the south side of Maputo Bay.
"Before the bridge was opened, it took more than 100 kilometers and more than 2 hours to travel from downtown Maputo to the Katembe District. Now it only takes about 10 minutes, which is very convenient."
——Taxi driver Mashel
Lekki Deepwater PortEnding the history of Africa's largest economy not having a deepwater port
As one of the largest deepwater ports in West Africa, Lekki Port can accommodate ships with up to 18,000 TEUs, and has an annual designed throughput capacity of 1.2 million TEUs.
The operation of Lekki Port will address the bottleneck issue in the development of Nigeria's southwestern region, enhance the modernization and internationalization of Nigeria's shipping and logistics industries, and further promote the development of Nigeria's international trade.
"Lekki Port will become Nigeria's first automated port capable of rapid customs clearance, which will prompt other Nigerian port operators to improve their operating levels and reduce cargo delays."
——Head of the Nigerian Ports Authority
"Lekki Port can accommodate the world's largest container ships, injecting "fresh vitality" into Nigeria's foreign trade and economy."
——Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State
"Without the problem of port congestion and delays, goods can reach us on time, and we will have more opportunities to make money."
——A manager of an import and export trading company in Abuja
Kribi Deepwater PortCameroon realizes its century-long dream for a deepwater port
Once completed, the Kribi deepwater port will have an annual throughput of 250,000 TEUs and 1.2 million tons of bulk cargo, making it a major container transshipment port and an integrated hub in Central Africa.
The first phase of the project includes a 40,000-ton multi-purpose berth and a 50,000-ton container berth, as well as supporting facilities such as breakwaters, channel and port dredging, and loading and unloading equipment. The total length of the wharf is 670 meters. The second phase of the project includes a 70,000-ton container berth and a 100,000-ton container berth, with a wharf length of 715 meters.
The first phase of Kribi Deepwater Port started operations on March 2, 2018.
As of July 2019, the port has completed approximately 210,000 standard container throughput.
"The completion of the port is like the realization of a dream."
—— Guy Daniel, Director General of Technical Studies at Cameroon's Ministry of Public Works