Capacity of logistics center for BTK project revealed
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
The capacity of logistics center in Turkey’s Kars province that is being built for needs of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway will be 412,000 tons of goods per year, the Turkish Yenisafak newspaper reported.
It is expected that the BTK railway will be commissioned in mid-2017 with an initial capacity of 6.5 million tons, however, in the medium term, the volume of cargo transshipment can reach 35 million tons per year, said the report.
The logistics center’s area will be 350,000 square meters and about 500 jobs will be created, according to the report.
The report also said that the cost of the center’s construction will be 100 million Turkish liras.
A six-kilometer line of the Kars-Erzurum railway is being built in order to ensure the access to the logistics center, according to the report.
“Cargo flow from Asia to Europe is 240 million tons and if even 10 percent of this volume goes through Turkey, it will justify the construction of the logistics center,” said the report. “The project can bring billions of dollars to the economy in the future. The freight traffic will be even faster when the Ankara-Kars high-speed rail project will be implemented in 2023.”
Along with the BTK, the implementation of the Marmaray project will also give an opportunity to continuously provide the railway corridor from China to Europe with cargo.
“Therefore, the freight traffic between Europe and Asia will be fully transferred to railway,” said the report. “Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan bought additional ferries for transportation through the Caspian Sea. Freight traffic from China to Europe via sea takes 45-60 days, while via the BTK this period will be reduced to 12-15 days.”
Moreover, service and repair for passenger and cargo trains will be carried out at the logistics center in the Kars province, according to the report.
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