Zhanjiang Airport, western Guangdong’s sole airport, will relocate in 2015, according to Zhanjiang Mayor Wang Zhongbing in a May 26 interview.
"It takes five hours to drive from Guangzhou to Zhanjiang, so transportation is the biggest obstacle in Zhanjiang's development," said Wang who plans to double the city’s GDP by 2017 by opening the Shenzhen-Zhanjiang high-speed rail, cross-border highways, two coastal-line highways, and a bay bridge and relocate the Zhanjiang airport within the next few years.
According to Wang, three modern projects will serve as the engine for Zhanjiang's economic growth including papermaking, the Baosteel Iron and Steel Project and the Sino-Kuwaiti Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Project. The Sino-Kuwaiti oil refinery project has a production capacity of 15 million tons and an annual ethylene production capacity of 1 million tons and will begin construction this year.
The industrial output of the papermaking project exceeded 12 billion RMB last year, and is expected to reach 30 billion RMB in 2014. The 62 billion RMB Baosteel iron and steel project will produce 10 million tons of steel annually once it goes into operation next year, said Wang.