“We have a concrete project which had been discussed with Iran in the previous week. A delegation of RZD and RZD International will go there soon to work on the data for a technical task,” Saltanov said, adding that a railway section in Iran stretching at around 600 kilometres would be electrified.
The RZD vice-president noted that the final cost of the project was not determined yet, but, according to RZD estimates, it might reach more than one billion euro.
“We will shortly officially unveil the terminal that we established there (in Rason) jointly with North Korea,” Yakunin said, adding that the ceremony would be held on July 18.
Vice President of Russian Railways Alexander Saltanov told reporters that transhipment amounts at the terminal were scheduled at the level of 4 to 5 million tons. Russia was the main investor in the project.
Earlier reports said an agreement on the start of reconstruction work on the Khasan-Rason railroad and the port of Rason as a pilot project to restore the Trans-Korean Railway was reached at the first three-party meeting of the heads of Russian, North Korean and South Korean railway administrations in 2006.
“Our team has just returned from Vietnam, where the work on the railway line concept for transportation of Vietnamese bauxites to sea ports is nearing completion,” he said. We hope our Vietnamese partners will present it to the government within 2-3 weeks.”
The precise final costs estimated at slightly more than $1 billion would be determined by the Vietnamese government, he said adding the project was planned to be financed by the major Vietnamese private company An Vien.