China plans to invest more than RMB150 billion ($21.9 billion) in its northern coal-rich Shanxi Province by 2015, according to officials from the Ministry of Railways and the province.
Shanxi, which accounts for one-third of China’s coal output, is expected to have 5,300 km of railways by 2015, up from 3,300 km at present.
Construction will start in the first half of 2009 on at least three new rail lines.
Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun pledged the ministry’s support for the projects.
When the railways are completed the province’s coal could be shipped directly to coastal ports in Shandong Province.
Source: English People’s Daily Online
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