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Fujian-Kinmen water project in the pipeline: Chinese official

2015/05/24 17:06:03

Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), center.

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) A plan to supply Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County with water from China's Fujian Province will come into being after the two sides complete negotiations on the project, a Chinese official said while touring Tianpu Reservoir in Kinmen.

The water supply plan is important to the economy and residents of water-strapped Kinmen, and China will soon launch the plan, said Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), the head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO, 國台辦), in the Taiwan-held outlying county on Sunday.

Zhang was in Kinmen, which lies just off the coast of Fujian Province in southeastern China, after meeting with Hsia Li-yan (夏立言), the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, 陸委會), on Saturday.

The plan to pump water from Fujian to Kinmen is expected to be finalized in June at the earliest.

The plan will initially provide Kinmen with 15,000 cubic meters of fresh water a day, to be increased to 34,000 cubic meters a day in the medium term and 55,000 cubic meters in the long run, according to the Kinmen office of Taiwan's Water Resources Agency.

The water will be mainly sourced from Shanmei Reservoir in Quanzhou, which has a capacity of 655 million cubic meters of water.

Fujian's water company will build a pumping station and pipeline to the coastal town of Bingzhou, and the pipeline will be connected to a 17-kilometer-long underground water pipeline to Tianpu in Kinmen that will cost NT$1.35 billion (US$44 million) to build, the office said.

Based on a preliminary agreement, Kinmen will take charge of the design, construction and management of the underwater pipeline, while Fujian will build a water-pumping station by the lake and the two sides will be responsible for the pipeline on land, the office said.

Also on Sunday, Zhang met with Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-hai (陳福海) to exchange views on issues related to the livelihoods of Kinmen residents.

Zhang said the goal of politics is to solve issues of public concern, but issues related to the people's livelihood should not be politicized.

He suggested that the two sides across the Taiwan Strait work together to ensure a stable supply of water and electricity in Kinmen.

(By Zep Hu, Chou Yi-ling, Amy Huang and Evelyn Kao)