Railway Pap – Qoqand – Andijan to be electrified

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The Government of Uzbekistan adopted a decision on electrification of railway Pap – Qoqand – Andijan.

On 17 September, the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan issued a resolution “On additional measures on realization of the project “Construction of electrified railway line “Angren – Pap” with electrification of the line “Pap – Qoqand – Andijan”.

In line with the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures on construction of electrification of railway line “Angren – Pap”, Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (Uzbekistan Railways) is conducting construction of electrification of railway “Angren – Pap”, the resolution said.

The document said that works on construction of electrified railway line “Angren – Pap” will be completed in July 2016. It added that it is expected that the money resources will be saved compared to approved feasibility study of the project on construction of electrified railway Angren – Pap.

The Government approved a proposal of Uzbekistan Temir Yollari on electrification of railway Pap – Qoqand – Andijan with the length of 186 km with inclusion of these works to the project “Construction of electrified railway line “Angren – Pap” with electrification of the line “Pap – Qoqand – Andijan” within the cost, approved feasibility study of the project.

The project on electrification of railway Pap – Qoqand – Andijan will be financed due to state budget of Uzbekistan, own resources of Uzbekistan Temir Yollari, Uzbekenergo, loans of the Fund for Reconstruction and Development within the approves sources of the financing of the project “Construction of electrified railway line “Angren – Pap”. The cost of works on electrification of railway Pap – Qoqand – Andijan was not disclosed.

The Government allowed Uzbekistan Temir Yollari and Uzbekenergo, as an exception, to electrify railway Pap – Qoqand – Andijan and construction of the object on external electricity supply simultaneously with project and development of working and design estimates.

Temir Yollari and Uzbekenergo in cooperation with authorized bodies for expertise were ordered to submit the reviewed feasibility study of the project on electrification of Angren-Pap railway, which includes electrification of Pap – Qoqand – Andijan railway, to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval till 1 July 2016.

Uzbekenergo should finance designing, construction and commissioning of the objects of external electricity supply of railway Pap – Qoqand – Andijan, the resolution said.

Uzbekistan Temir Yollari started construction of electrified railroad Angren-Pap in July 2014. The road will go through Qamchiq Pass and link Ferghana Valley (Andijan, Namangan and Ferghana regions) with other part of Uzbekistan.

China Railway Tunnel Group constructs tunnel of the railway with the cost of US$455 million.

The cost of the project makes up US$1.2 billion. The project will be financed due to resources of the state budget, own resources of Uzbekistan Temir Yollari and loans of international financial institutions.

Uzbekistan is planning to commission new electrified railroad Angren-Pap in July 2016.

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