8.7 billion roubles to be spent on increasing traction power supply Taishet - Taksimo on Baikal-Amur Main Line by 2017
As part of the BAM and Trans-Siberian modernisation programme, a range of measures is planned that will significantly improve the reliability of the traction supply system and increase both infrastructure capacity and train weight. Investment in the energy sector on the section between Taishet and Taksimo will total about 8.7 billion roubles. The measures are scheduled for completion by 2017.
At a number of traction substations which limit extended station-to-station blocks with difficult terrain, traction transformers will be replaced by more powerful units (40 MVA), the automatic control and relay protection systems will be reconstructed and series compensation installed.
In addition, it is planned to construct a new traction substation at Chudnichny in 2015-2016, followed by another at Nebel in 2016-2017.
As traffic volumes further increase, it is also planned to build another two substations, at Toreya and Rechyshka.
Implementing the BAM and the Trans-Siberian modernisation programme will eliminate 32 bottlenecks which currently slow down the movement of heavy trains and will reduce the intervals between following trains.
Nowadays, however, the disadvantages of the external power supply are the major obstacle to increasing through capacity. The existing 220 kV high-voltage system between Yakurim - Taksimo is only able to provide 81 MW of traction capable of handling just 12 pairs of trains per day with a weight of not more than 6,000 tons.
The solution is the planned construction of a more powerful 500 kV high-voltage line from Ust-Kut to Nizhneangarsk as part of the energy-development projects in the Irkutsk region.
The modernisation of the infrastructure on the Far Eastern network of Russian Railways is one of the Company's most ambitious projects. It is scheduled for completion during 2013-2017 at a total cost of an estimated at 562.3 billion roubles. The government is expected to contribute 260.2 billion roubles to the project.
The development of these railway main lines will not only enable the largest Russian companies to transport an additional 66 million tons of cargo annually, but will also contribute to the development of industrial enterprises in the region, generate jobs and create the necessary economic conditions for the effective and sustainable development of Siberia and the Far East.