Construction of railways Zhetygen–Korgas and Ozen-to-Turkmen-border to be completed by 16 December 2011 – Kazakh railway company
Almaty. May 6. Interfax-Kazakhstan – The railways Zhetygen–Korgas (southeastern Kazakhstan) and Ozen-to-Turkmen-border (western Kazakhstan), which are under construction at the moment, will be brought into operation in December 2011, Erik Sultanov, the vice president of Kazakhstan’s national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZh), told the newspaper Vremya in an interview published on Thursday.
According to Mr Sultanov, the Ozen-to-Turkmen-border rail line will be part of the new railroad “North-South” which will go from Kazakhstan through Turkmenistan to Iran. The total length of the road is 686 km, including 146 km in Kazakhstan.
To build Kazakhstan’s part of the railroad will cost approximately 65 billion tenge (146.71/$1). According to KTZh vice president, 32.1 billion tenge is going to be spent this year. As at April 30 the actual construction expenses reached 4.5 billion tenge. However, this railroad will not be electrified and will only be accessible for diesel locomotives.
The second line, Zhetigen–Korgas, 293 km long, is a second railroad from Kazakhstan to China. The value of this project is 165 billion tenge.
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