Construction work on a huge textile mill is progressing at Hassaheisa which lies 130 km. (209 miles) from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
GV Sign in Arabic and Chinese before site of mill
GV Men building mill (3 shots)
GV Sudanese workers laying bricks
SV Chinese worker laying cement (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Sudanese shovelling dirt
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Chinese watching Sudanese digging trench
SV Chinese and Sudanese designers talking
SV Cotton looms in completed part of mill
GV & SV Chinese women textile workers demonstrating to Sudanese (3 shots)
SV & GV Sudanese workers at looms.
GV Cotton bales.
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Background: Construction work on a huge textile mill is progressing at Hassaheisa which lies 130 km. (209 miles) from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. It is being built and financed by China, and 120 Chinese engineers and technicians are working round the clock to complete the project on time.
The mill will be capable of spinning and weaving textiles, and when completed it will make Sudan self-sufficient in textiles, and eventually an exporter of cotton yarn and cloth.
Work started on the project in January 1974, and it should be completed by the end of 1976, when it should be in full production. The Chinese have already installed massive machines and their experts are training Sudanese workers in operating them.
The main labour force consists of 500 Sudanese workers who are building the factory under Chinese direction. In addition 580 Sudanese are being trained to work in the mill when production starts.
Originally the cost of the project was expected to be in the region of about four million pounds sterling, but since then estimates have risen considerably. The money for the mill is part of an interest-free loan of forty million pounds that China is giving Sudan to build various projects. They include a conference hall in Khartoum and a road and a bridge on the Blue Nile.
When the mill is completed it will be run entirely by the Sudanese, and the Sudan Government will only begin to start paying back the Chinese loan after ten years. The mill is expected to produce 14 million metres (yards) of textiles each year, and it will be the largest Government-owned factory in Sudan.
120 Chinese are working round the clock to put up one of the biggest textile mills in Sudan, 130 km from the capital of Khartoum. The work started here in January 1974 and the Chinese expect to complete the mill by the end of next year (1976) when it would be in full production. Already the chinese have installed massive machinery in this complex and are training the Sudan workers to operate the machines. Machines already installed are for spinning and weaving sections of the mill.
The 120 Chinese workers are building this factory with a labour force of 500 Sudanese and at the same time the Chinese are training 580 Sudanese who will operate the machines when the production starts.
The Textile Mill, ??? as the HASSAHEISA FRIENDSHIP TEXTILE MILL was estimated to cost about GBP 4 million (sudanese pounds) but the Administrative Manager of the Mill Mr. Yahah Omar thinks it would cost much more. This project is part of an interest free Chinese loan of GBP 40 million given to the Sudan to built various projects in the country. The projects include - a conference hall in Khartoum; a road and a bridge on Blue Nile and this Textile Mill. The foundation stone was laid at this mill by President Nimiri in January 1974 when the construction began.
When completed the Mill will have the most up to date and modern machinery, all Chinese of course, with automatic shuttle change. Will consist of 60 ring frames and 24,840 final spinnings and weaving shed for 864 looms.
On completion the project will be entirely run by the Sudanese, and after 10 years the Sudan Government will start paying back the Chinese loan. This would be the biggest Government owned Textile factory in Sudan -- and the 14 million metres of cloth produced here every year will be used for the people of Sudan.
SYNOPSIS: Chinese and Sudanese workers are working side by side on the construction of a big new textile mill at Hassaheisa in Sudan. It is being financed by China at a cost that was originally estimated at four million pounds. Since then the estimates have risen considerably.
A Sudanese labour force of five hundred is working under the direction of a hundred and twenty Chinese engineers and technicians. When it is completed, the mill -- which lies over two hundred miles form the capital, Khartoum -- will have sufficient spinning and weaving capacity to make Sudan self-sufficient in textiles.
Work started on the project in January last year, and it should be completed by the end of nineteen seventy-six, by which time it should be in full production. The Chinese experts have already installed machinery in completed parts of the building, including massive looms.
The money for the mill is part of an interest-free loan of forty million pounds that China is giving Sudan to build various projects. The chinese are also training Sudanese workers to operate the modern machines.
When the mill is completed, it will be run entirely by the Sudanese, and it is expected to produce fourteen million yards of textiles a year.
The interest-free loan from the Chinese, also covers other projects, including a conference hall in Khartoum and a road and bridge on the Blue Nile. Sudan will only have to start replaying the loan ten years after the mill is built.
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