China’s Antarctic expedition to finish renovation of Zhongshan station

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People’s Daily Online
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Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon"

Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or “Snow Dragon,” will leave Shenzhen for the South Pole on Nov. 11, where it will start its 27th Antarctic expedition. During this voyage, the final part of the renovation of Zhongshan Station will be completed.

On Nov. 9, Liu Dubin, manager of the Project Department of South Pole of China Railway Construction Engineering Group Co., Ltd., said16 construction workers of this company will go to South Pole with this expedition team this time.

Covering an overall construction areas of over 6,000 square meters, the construction and renovation project of Zhongshan Station and Great Wall Station at the South Pole includes more than 30 single buildings, such as the Comprehensive Building, Garage, Comprehensive Warehouse, Space-physical Observation Building, Corridor, Waste Disposal Building, Sewage Disposal Building, Boiler House, High-frequency Radar House and Oil Tank Base.

Liu also said, “The renovation project of Zhongshan Station has been basically completed so far, but the final part of this project needs to be finished”. After arriving at South Pole, the project construction team of South Pole of China Railway Construction Engineering will further perfect the functions of the Comprehensive Building, Garage, Comprehensive Warehouse, Space-physical Observation Building, Waste Disposal Building, Sewage Disposal Building and High-frequency Radar House.

“Snow Dragon” arrived at Yantian Port in Shenzhen on Nov. 8 at the invitation of the municipal government of Shenzhen. It will stay in Shenzhen for three days, and citizens of Shenzhen can visit it in the meantime. This time, 193 members of the Antarctic expedition team will travel by “Snow Dragon” and carry out 31 tasks of scientific investigation in the region of this station. In addition, they will carry out 27 tasks of logistical security.

Established in February 1989, Zhongshan Station of South Pole of China is the second station of scientific investigation of China in South Pole Region. After more than 20 years of expansion, the overall construction area of this station has reached 5,800 square meters.

From 2002 to 2009, the South Pole Construction Team of China Railway Construction Engineering participated in the construction of the scientific investigation stations of the South Pole of China eight consecutive times. It took charge of the dismantlement task of Zhongshan Station and Great Wall Station, and the construction task of permanent scientific-investigation stations (Zhongshan Station and Great Wall Station) in succession, thus playing an important role of logistic security to the scientific investigation work of South Pole of China.

By Yan Meng, People’s Daily Online

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One Response to “China’s Antarctic expedition to finish renovation of Zhongshan station”

  1. Eme Jameme Says:

    that’s amazing… very cold too

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