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International companies support railway reform in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Railways has signed a contract for the supply of equipment for electrification of Marakand-Karshi railway with total cost of about USD 100 million. All the contracts have been signed on the basis of tenders announced by Uzbekistan Railways in 2013, in particular, with Latvian Belam Riga, which will supply various electronic control systems.

CNTIC (China National Technology Import & Export Corporation) will provide transformer substations and OLEs. This is the second CNTIC contract within the project. In November 2013, a contract worth USD 16.7 million has been signed with CNTIC for the supply of equipment and machines to service electric locomotives in the depot and the network under construction.

Uzbekistan Railways started electrification of the Marokand – Karshi section with a length 140.8 kilometers in January 2012. In total, the USD 234.7 million project also envisages reconstruction of the locomotive depot in Karshi city (the administrative center of Kashkadarya region) for the operation of the Tashguzar – Bojsun – Kumkurgan new railway line. Plans are to complete the project by 2017.

By 2021, Uzbekistan Railways plans to electrify 1,000 km 0f lines, an approximate investment of USD 2.8 billion. This will increase the transit of goods via territory of Uzbekistan.  Currently, the Uzbek railway company accounts for about 60% of the country’s freight turnover and transports 80% of total export and import cargo. 

Source* Information Agency “Jahon” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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