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Quang Tri Province to realize sea potential

Vo Van Hung, Vice Secretary cum Chairman of the Quang Tri Provincial People’s Committee

With potential in terms of geographical location and marine resources, Quang Tri Province has vast room to develop its ocean economy. The province has made substantial progress and constructed the ocean economy as a sustainable foundation for its socioeconomic growth.

As one of the Vietnamese localities forming the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) and with Cua Viet (Viet Seagate), Quang Tri is considered one of the major drivers for regional economic growth. The Cua Viet, some 90km from Lao Bao International Border Gate and 300km from Thailand’s northeastern region, is the most convenient way to get to the sea. This is the advantage for the gate to become the terminal that circulates goods and merchandise among Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

With a 75km long coast, Quang Tri possesses a diverse marine ecology, a vast fishing ground, and an immense seafood source. In addition to Cua Viet, Quang Tri has Cua Tung (Tung Seagate) and Con Co Island, which are highly potential and suitable for services and tourism development. Furthermore, natural gas wells such as Ken Bau and Bao Vang, which are 65-120 kilometers away from the shore, facilitate the province to develop the natural gas industry at the Quang Tri Southeast Economic Zone and other ocean economy activities.

Quang Tri Province to realize sea potential

Cua Viet Port holds an important role for sea transportation in Quang Tri Province. Photo: H N K

Quang Tri has enormous potential for offshore wind power development driven by strong winds, shallows, coastal towns, seaports, and skilled workers. In August 2022, the provincial People’s Committee proposed the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Industry and Trade add the Con Co Offshore Wind Plant to the national power development plan. The plant is designed to produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity and lies in the waters of the Con Co and Gio Linh districts.

Besides the two key seagates of Cua Viet and Cua Tung, the province is developing the My Thuy Deep-water Seaport and the Hai Lang Liquefied Natural Gas Center at the coastal areas of Trieu An and Trieu Van communes in Trieu Phong District and Hai An and Hai Duong communes of Hai Lang District. The province expects these coastal communes to form a center for the Southeast Economic Zone, thus creating a multi-sectoral economic corridor that spans hospitality and accommodation services and seafood processing to natural gas production and logistics.

In early October 2021, Quang Tri authorities approved T&T Group and South Korean investors, including Hanwha Energy, Korea Gas Corp, and Korea South Power Corp, to develop the Hai Lang LNG Center. Phase 1 of the project, with a designed production capacity of 1,500 megawatts, will be a sustainable international project, contribute to national energy security, and boost international trade for Vietnam.

Alongside the Cua Viet Seaport for merchandise transport, Quang Tri Province has completed the construction of two fishery ports and three storm areas for vessels and boats at Cua Tung, Bac Cua Viet and Con Co Island.

My Thuy Seaport is listed in the National Seaport development plan for 2020-2030 as per Decision 2190/QD-TTg dated December 24, 2009. The deep-water seaport, projected to settle in the Quang Tri Southeast Economic Zone, can anchor 100,000-ton ships, is a suitable terminal for goods transport on the East-West Economic Corridor, and will give a boost to the economic zone. The seaport developer is now fulfilling the administrative requirements to kick off the construction.

Quang Tri Province to realize sea potential

Visitors at Con Co Island. Photo: D.T

Key infrastructures such as roads and railways are now underway. Among the important projects are the National Way No.9, connecting Cua Viet Seaport to Lao Bao International Border Gate, the National Way 9D, bridging tourism sites between Cua Viet, Cua Tung, and Vinh Moc, and National Way 9C linking the Southeast Economic Zone to La Lay International Border Gate. The developed transport network has assisted the province in enhancing cross-border collaboration and trade.

The provincial authorities have long addressed the coastal road as one of the major drivers of our socioeconomic growth. Until now, we have put in use a 23.5-kilometer stretch from the southern end of the Cua Viet Bridge in Trieu Phong District“s Trieu An Commune to Hai Lang District”s Hai Duong Commune. The stretch was completed in late 2019, and it has been bolstering the growth of the Southeast Economic Zone.

The remainder of the coastal road, linking the southern end of Cua Viet Bridge to Quang Binh Province in the north, stretches for 56 kilometers. It is divided into two parts. One part connects Cua Viet Bridge to Quang Binh Province with a length of 44km, and the other seals the 12km route from the coastal road to Dong Ha City. Total investment for the two parts is estimated at VND2.97 trillion (US$125.3 million), and the road will be complete in 2025. The road network will bring Quang Tri Province opportunities to exchange and cooperate with neighboring countries of the Sub-Mekong Delta Region and open the way to the sea through the province.

Despite the pros, we have yet to reach our full potential. To accomplish a sustainable ocean economy, Quang Tri Province needs to implement the solutions as follows:

First, we need to create a geographical development plan for 2021-2050 that takes Cua Viet Town as the central urban zone. Accordingly, the northern area will consist of the coastal communes of Vinh Linh District and the north of Gio Linh District. Cua Tung Town will become the center of the northern side, with hospitality and accommodation services and cultural and historical travel.

The central area covers Gio Linh and Trieu Phong districts, taking Cua Viet Town as the central hub. It will be home to all economic activities ranging from trade, services, tourism, logistics and seaport operation.

The southern side will span the district of Hai Lang, in which Hai An and Hai Duong communes make a center. As part of the Southeast Economic Zone, the two communes will develop trade services, multi-sectoral ports, and logistic activities.

In the east, the province attempts to form a triangle of sea and island travel that covers Cua Tung, Cua Viet and Con Co Island. The triangle will transform into a national tourism zone that lures domestic and international tourists to the province.

Second, we need to call for private investors to develop the coastal road and establish the chain of coastal towns. This could be a breakthrough to create a multi-regional partnership between coastal provinces, thus promoting a wide range of ocean economy activities and securing national sovereignty and defense.

Third, we must focus on infrastructure development for the Southeast Economic Zone and urban areas, especially Cua Viet and Cua Tung towns, to make a profound base for expanding other residential and functional areas. Thus, these areas will be able to foster socioeconomic development activities and become new economic centers of the province.

Fourth, we must adopt sciences and technologies to propel ocean economy activities to explore and exploit natural resources and protect the environment. Technological solutions are also helpful in dealing with environmental crises and oceanic disasters. We must study potential solutions to restore natural resources and the environment and expand and preserve the waters. Local authorities must perform better to detect natural resources and environmental crises by using modern, high-tech devices and upgrading monitoring facilities to keep track of the oceanic conditions.

Fifth, the province must concentrate on marine transport and seaports. The completion of My Thuy Deep-water Seaport and road network will shorten the traveling distance and save time for goods transport between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. My Thuy Port could become an important transportation hub that meets domestic and international demand for circulating goods and merchandise in the region, from Vietnam to Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar.

Therefore, we will invite private investors to join and develop logistic services and facilities at My Thuy Port. Besides, we will study the feasibility of developing other ports in Vinh Moc and Trieu Lang communes to maximize our capability in water transportation and meet increasing demand in the future. We expect to list potential sites in the national port network as soon as possible.

Sixth, Quang Tri will further develop ocean tourism activities to satisfy both domestic and foreign visitors. Local authorities should focus on restoring the coastal ecology, developing coastal realities, and better preserving the environment. Meanwhile, we must improve the living standards for residents and strengthen the development of community-based and eco-friendly tourism.

Last but not least, provincial and local authorities must seek ways of branding local products. As the province has seen increasing private investment in recent years, we promise to create the best conditions for the investors, thus establishing new economic zones and tourism sites. From that, we will realize the dream of making the province prosperous.

Huy Anh


Vo Van Hung, Vice Secretary cum Chairman of the Quang Tri Provincial People’s Committee

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