RZD Holding starts work on electrification of Garmsar to Ince Burun line in Iran
The RZD Holding has began work on the electrification of the Garmsar - Inche Burun
line in Iran following the ceremonial launch of the project on 2 July 2018 in Tehran.
The formal launch was attended by Oleg Belozerov, CEO and Chairman of the Board
of Russian Railways, Abbas Akhoundi, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development,
and Said Mohammadzadeh, President of the Iranian Railways.
“The electrification of this line will have a significant economic effect
since by doubling speeds, it will increase the throughput four-fold to 10 million
tons per annum. We also believe positive effects will result from increased transportation
safety and security and a reduction of emissions into the atmosphere. All this will
create the conditions for an increase of freight flows along the North-South International
Transport Corridor (ITC) and an intensification of economic relations around the Caspian
region,” said Oleg Belozerov.
Belozerov also stressed that the project was designed to be completed in 4 years
and 4 months.
“I am sure that during this time a wide range of experience will be accumulated
that will be useful for both our countries and become a good basis for implementing
new joint projects in the field of infrastructure development,” said the head
of Russian Railways.
The project provides for the electrification of the Garmsar-Ince Burun line, which
has a total length of 495 km, including 203 km through mountainous terrain. The line
has 31 stations and passes through 95 tunnels.
The contract also provides for the supply of electric locomotives and equipment
for the maintenance of the contact network, the signalling arrangements, as well as
the provision of technical support during the first year of operation.
The cost of the project is about 1.2 billion euros, including the supply of locomotives
and track equipment.
The work under the contract will be performed by RZD International, a subsidiary
of Russian Railways.