COE prepares training for Chinese engineers in high-speed train project

A team of engineers and architects from the Council of Engineers and the Architects Council of Thailand is scheduled to leave for China end of this month to discuss with the Chinese authorities about holding training sessions for Chinese staff working in the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed train project.

The swift move was seen as a progress in the joint venture project followed the recent exercise of Section 44 by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on June 15 that has cleared technical and legal hurdles which delayed the 252-kilometres railway project for several years.

Under the June 15 order of the prime minister, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is to hire a Chinese state enterprise to supervise the construction of the railway project.The firm must be certified by China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

The firm will oversee the design of the railway infrastructure as well as rail and electrical systems.

Secretary-general of the Council of Engineers Prof Amorn Pimarnmas said representatives of the two councils would discuss with the Chinese counterparts on details of the training and knowledge test for both Thai and Chinese staff on the railway project.

But for the technology transfer of the high-speed railway system, he viewed that it should be the work of the government to set up a joint committee comprising representatives from all relevant government agencies, including occupational councils, educational institutions, and research centres to manage.

The aim is to develop the country’s engineering and architectural occupations, he said.

This joint committee must be independent and semi-permanent so that it could handle the transfer of other technologies besides the railway system.

The Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima route is part of a planned railway project to link Bangkok and Nong Khai, 354 kilometres from Nakhon Ratchasima, bordering Laos.