Public invited to witness progress of Laem Chabang Port phase 3


The developer of Laem Chabang Port Phase 3 (part 1) opened the marine construction site at the deep sea port in Chonburi province to the public on Thursday to showcase the progress as well as to comply with requirements under the Environmental Health Impact Assessment (EHIA).

The tour was organised by the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) and project developer CNNC Joint Venture, which consists of NTL Marine Co, Nathalin Co and Zhonggang Construction Group Co (China).

Members of communities in a 5-kilometre radius of the project were also invited to participate in the tour, which aims to help alleviate public concern over the environmental impact of the construction.

Public invited to witness progress of Laem Chabang Port phase 3

Banglamung district chief Weekit Manarojkit and Sri Racha district chief Noparat Sriprom, who supervise the areas where the project is located, were also present along with a team of independent environmental specialists. 

The organisers said the tour aimed to create understanding among the public about the project before the developers started their construction. Participants also learned about measures being taken to meet the EHIA standards and minimise impact on sensitive facilities, including schools, hospitals, and religious establishments in the areas.

CNNC Joint Venture representative Lanlila Chitsom said: “CNNC is committed to fostering community relations by opening its doors to community leaders and participants to visit the actual construction site of the project. This initiative aims to alleviate concerns and build confidence in CNNC's operations, which prioritise the community’s interest and the environment.”

"We look forward to hosting more positive activities like this in the future," she said.

Public invited to witness progress of Laem Chabang Port phase 3

Phase 3, with an estimated cost of 114 billion baht, is being constructed under a public-private partnership, with 47% investment from PAT and 53% from the private sector. The development focuses on the F terminal with a concession period of 35 years.

The F1 container berth is due to be completed by November 2025 while the whole F berth area will be opened by 2026.

Phase 3 will increase the capacity of Laem Chabang Port, a key logistics gateway in the Eastern Economic Corridor, from 11 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent unit of containers) to 18 million TEU per year.