Belarus, China to set up road repair facility in Minsk
14 December 2011
MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus and China have plans to set up a joint venture to repair and maintain roads of Minsk, Yuri Alexeyev, Director General of the Politekhnik technological cluster of the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU), told a press conference in Minsk on 14 December.
The agreement to establish the joint venture was reached during the recent innovation forum in Minsk. “The two countries are considering a possibility to set up a joint venture to repair and maintain roads of Minsk using modern high-tech equipment of Chinese company Gaoyuan that produces reliable and long-lasting road surfacing,” the technological cluster informed. Taking part in the project will be Gorremavtodor, Makrodor, and Road Construction Innovations.
The BNTU will carry out a feasibility study of a project to assemble Gaoyuan technological equipment in Belarus together with companies affiliated with the Transport and Communications Ministry of Belarus, including Amkodor.
China is expected to open a credit line to implement the project. “The parties are now preparing a package of documents to implement this project using China’s credit line,” Yuri Alexeyev said.
At the innovation forum, Belarusian and Chinese specialists drew preliminary conclusions of the implementation of the sci-tech cooperation program for 2010-2012. The document includes 17 joint projects. One of them envisages research of a ground-penetrating-radar and acoustic method of measuring and creating models of a hardware system for studying road pavement. “In line with the contract, the two countries will launch the production of such systems. They will be used domestically and will be exported,” Yuri Alexeyev said.
Belarus and China also plan to expand cooperation in energy efficiency. The Belarusian National Technical University and the Shandong Computer Science Center signed a contract to develop a technology and equipment to assess heat-engineering properties of enclosing parts of buildings to reduce energy costs.