Chinese deep-sea base to start operation in 2014

Beijing, Jan 22 (IANS) Construction of a Chinese deep-sea base will begin in May this year and the base will be operational by the end of 2014, an official said Tuesday.

The National Deep Sea Centre will be based in the coastal city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong province, Xinhua reported.

Many facilities including wharfs, a deep-sea equipment maintenance workshop and large-scale experimental pools as well as oceanaut training facilities will be put into use by then, said base director Liu Feng.

However, poor accessibility and living conditions at the deep-sea base will make it difficult to attract talent, Liu said.

The base will be a ground support station for the Jiaolong manned submersible.

It will also serve as a multi-functional institution for the study and exploration of the ocean.

The construction of the base was approved by the cabinet in January 2007.

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