Turkey to supply railway equipment to Turkmenistan for North-South project
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 17 / Trend H.Hasanov /
The Ministry of Railway Transport of Turkmenistan will sign a contract with the Turkish company Net Yapi ve Ticaret Mühendislik Mimarlik Müşavirlik Limited Şirketi, the official Turkmen source said.
The contract will be signed according to the order of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to further develop the industry and bring into line with international standards the Gyzylgaya-Bereket-Etrek railway, which is part of the regional North-South project, which involving neighboring Iran and Kazakhstan.
This is a contract for the purchase of equipment for power supply systems, alerts, links with length of 131 km between the Buzhun and Serhetyaka stations. Under the conditions, Turkish company will be engaged in design and implementation of construction works on this site, power transmission line (110 kW) with a length of 234 km between the stations Gyzylgaya, Buzhun and Garnyyaryk, transformer stations (110/10 kW) at Buzhun and Garnyyaryk stations, as well as design and construction at the Serhetyaka station of ring depot for maintenance of locomotives and wagons.
The document instructs to begin work in March, 2012 and commission facilities with full readiness in March, 2013.
"Among the primary challenges facing the transport system of the country is increase in volumes of freight and passenger rail transportation, as well as improvement of the quality of public services", Berdimuihamedov said at a recent government meeting.
North-South project is implemented on the basis of the intergovernmental agreement signed in 2007 between Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran.
The new route will open the European and Asian countries way to Central Asia and the Gulf by the shortest and economically advantageous route. On the other hand, a similar opportunity will appear for transit of goods from of in South and Southeast Asia, from the shores of the Indian Ocean to the countries of Northern and Eastern Europe - through Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Russia.