Aktau-Gorgan Railway to increase Kazakh grain exports to Iran

Business Materials 14 December 2009 18:00 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec. 14 / Trend K. Konyrova /

The construction of the Aktau-Gorgan Railway has been launched, which will connect the Aktau Port to Iran's Gorgan Station via Turkmenistan. The pipeline will increase the volume of Kazakh grain exports to 3 million tons per year, KAZ-Agro Chairman Assylzhan Mamytbekov at a meeting on the development of the agroindustrial complex.

According to Mamytbekov, Iran imports 6-7 million tons of grain while Kazakhstan exports only about 1 million tons of grain to Iran (760,000 tons in 2007-2008 and 320,000 tons in 2006-2007).

"It is linked with Kazakhstan's limited transport opportunities. We are exporting grain through the Aktau Port and by rail through Uzbekistan. We can export up to 3 million tons after commissioning the Aktau-Gorgan Railway in 2011," Mamytbekov said

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