Axios — China’s construction industry is expected to see a surge in production in 2017 and beyond as the country ramped up its ambitious and controversial land reclamation programme.
China’s National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday it has ordered 2.2 million construction equipment and equipment to be built at an average rate of 8,000 per day and 2,500 per day, a boost of almost 5 million units over the last 12 months.
Construction equipment is expected in 2017 to be at the equivalent of 1.5 million units, while drillers and other non-energy-intensive industries are expected to grow by more than 500,000 units, according to the report.
The bureau did not provide an estimate of how much of this equipment would be used for the construction sector.
A huge rise in the number of people who will work on construction projects has also pushed up the average number of workers per project, and the bureau is currently working on an update to its 2016 data to better capture this growth.
China has spent $US6.5 trillion ($7.8 trillion) on reclamation work since 2011, but has not completed any large-scale projects in the past two years.
In October, President Xi Jinping announced a moratorium on new reclamation projects.