Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 24
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekistan has completed a project for the electrification of the Marokand-Karshi railway line in the south of the country. Its length is 140.8 kilometers, Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (Uzbekistan Railways) reported.
Afrosiyob high-speed train made its first trip along the Tashkent-Samarkand-Karshi route Aug. 22, the company said.
"Until now, passenger trains were running on the Tashkent-Karshi route with a distance of 511 kilometers within six hours," a statement said. "But Afrosiyob trains are running this distance on electrified sections faster now. The travel time reduced to three hours."
Uzbekistan Railways started electrification of the Marokand - Karshi section in 2012.
The project also envisages reconstruction of the locomotive depot at Karshi, which is the administrative center in the Kashkadarya district, for operating of the Tashguzar - Bojsun - Kumkurgan railway line, built in 2007.
The Chinese Corporation for Trade and Economic Cooperation (CNTIC) and the U.S. Belam Inc., will supply equipment for the electrification of the Marokand - Karshi railway in Uzbekistan totaling $82 million.
Uzbekistan Railways signed relevant contracts with CNTIC and Belam Inc. in March 2014.
Meanwhile, CNTIC will supply equipment for transformer substations and contact network under a contract totaling $28.87 million and Belam Inc. will supply some $50 million worth equipment for alarm systems, including centralization and blocking in a SCADA system worth $3.1 million.
In total, the $234.7 million worth project is being financed by a loan from the Asian Development Bank amounting to $100 million, the equity of Uzbekistan Railways State Railway JSC in the amount of $110.92 million and state budget.
The total length of Uzbekistan's railway is 4200 kilometers, some 1000 kilometers of which have been electrified, including over 600 kilometers in the past seven years. In total, it is planned to electrify 2000 kilometers of railways in the country.
Edited by CN