The Chinese government has signed a deal with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) to start work on the country’s first Hyperloop network.
The agreement signed by HyperloopTT and Tongren Transportation & Tourism Investment Group of the People’s Republic of China is for an initial 10 km commercial route at Tongren in Guizhou Province..
The agreement is the first for China, and marks the 12th deal and the third commercial deal for HyperloopTT following announcements in Abu Dhabi and Ukraine earlier this year.
As part of the deal, HyperloopTT will be responsible for providing technology, engineering expertise, and essential equipment. Tongren will be responsible for certification, regulatory framework, and construction of the system.
HyperloopTT said it would work in partnership with the government of Tongren in defining the route for the system. Financing will be done through a public private partnership with 50% of the funds coming directly from Tongren.
“We envision that Hyperloop will play into a bigger role in the Silk Road Economic Belt, connecting the region to the rest of the world,” said HyperloopTT chief executive Dirk Ahlborn. “China spends over $300bn (£230bn) annually on infrastructure to address their rapidly growing urban populations.
“Having worked alongside our government partners, Hyperloop has proven a viable solution for this immediate problem. Additionally, the unique topography of Tongren will allow us to refine our various construction methods with our partners.”
Tongren mayor Chen Shaorong said the signing was a major step to open up inland development, an important achievement of the Tongren Great Investment Action Year and an important project to enlarge and strengthen the local economy.
“After the completion of the project, it will greatly accelerate the research and development of China’s hyperloop system, rapidly enhance the development of high-tech industry and equipment manufacturing industry in Guizhou Province,” said Shaorong. “This will effectively improve the popularity of Tongren city and the development of tourism industry, and laying solid foundation for Tongren ‘one district and five places’ development.”
Guizhou is a province in southwest China with around 34.75M people. It is part of China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with more than £77bn invested in transportation and financing in the past five years.
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