| Fishermen work near China’s Xisha Islands in the South China Sea in May 2012. HOU JIANSEN / XINHUA|
Infrastructure to lead development of young city
Sansha authorities vowed to accelerate the construction of infrastructure and a series of projects that were expected to be finished this year.
"Within the year, we will finish the operation of the first phase of the new port of Yongxing Island, a seawater desalination plant, a sewage treatment plant and a garbage collection and transfer system," Xiao Jie, mayor of Sansha, said at the annual session of the Hainan provincial people's congress on Sunday.
The desalination plant, approved by the provincial development and reform commission, will process 1,000 cubic meters of seawater a day, supplying fresh water to nearby islets, reefs and ships.
A new supply ship, the Sansha No 1, will be completed in early 2014 to help transport much-needed materials to the island, Xiao added.
The ship will be 120 meters from bow to stern, 20 meters wide, and have a displacement of 8,100 metric tons.
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