New Sainshand-Altanshiree rail carries first passengers

2019-08-12 13:15:09

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. It has been recently reported that a construction of railroad between Sainshand city of Dornogobi aimag and Altanshiree soum has completed.  Last weekend, the first passenger train ran on the newly-commissioned 27,7 km long railway. The railroad was built to reach Altanshiree soum, where the first oil refinery of Mongolia with a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year is currently being developed. 

Ulaanbaatar Railway joint venture, which built the railway and four other Mongolian companies, Taivan Khairkhan, Bilegt Zam, Khurdnii Zam and Torgon Khargui worked as sub-contractors of the railway dam and other infrastructure works started building the railway in June 2018 to finish in only eight months. 

Head of the Cabinet Secretariat of Government and Minister of Mongolia L.Oyun-Erdene witnessed the historic first passenger transportation of the new railway. The railway, with 1520 mm track gauge and capacity of 1.53 million tons of freight, is chartered for transportation of heavy-duty equipment and construction materials for the oil refinery, which is being built within the framework of the cooperation between Mongolia and India by an Indian soft loan of 1 billion USD. The construction of the oil refinery is planned to finalize by 2022. 

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