April 20, 2015

Russian section of Amur River rail link approved

Written by  Alexander Kava
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RUSSIA's prime minister Mr Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the minister of transport Mr Maxim Sokolov to remove all obstacles to allow the start of construction of the Russian section of a rail link across the Amur River to China by May 5.

A joint Sino-Russian company was set up in September 2014 to oversee construction of the 2.2km rail link between Nizhneleninskoe, Russia, and Tongjiang, China, and work started in China in December 2014.

The two countries will jointly fund the project with the Chinese portion estimated to cost Yuan 2.6bn ($US 419m). Russia's share will be significantly less as its section is only 315m long.

The rail link is expected to be completed by December 2016 and is forecast to carry up to 21 million tonnes of freight a year.

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