Kazakhstan extends railway to new seaport

By bne IntelliNews July 3, 2015

A new railway line Borzhakty-Yersay linking existing networks with a new port in the Caspian Sea has started trial operations, Kazinform news agency reported on July 3.

The 23.8km-long line links the Mangyshlak-Ozen line with the Kuryk port which is carrying out the construction of a major ferry facility. The construction of the line was launched on October 1, 2014.

The line is expected to boost freight shipped to the country’s sea ports by rail. The volume of freight transhipped via Kazakh ports reached 10.3mn tonnes in 2014, 2% up from 2013. Of this the volume of freight shipped by rail was 6.2mn tonnes, a 10% increase y/y.

In the country’s west Kazakhstan commissioned the Zhezkazgan-Beyneu line linking the country’s western parts with the central and Ozen-Bolashak line linking Kazakh railway networks with those of Iran via Turkmenistan.

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