MOSCOW, April 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian railway operator will deliver two pilot coal-loaded trains from West Siberia to the North Korean port Rajin.
“Two cargo trains of 65 wagons each loaded with coal from Kuzbass coal basin were formed on the Western Siberian Main Line in late March,” OJSC Russian Railways (RZD) told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. The cargo weighs a total of nine thousand tonnes.
One train is already on the way along the Far Eastern Railway, the second one is passing on the Trans-Baikal Main Line. The two trains will arrive at the Russian border railway station of Khasan, after that they will go to the North Korean railway station of Tumangang-dong for further cargo shipment to the port Rajin. “The goal of the pilot railway trip on a new route is to test the shipping technology, passing of customs clearance and handling cargoes at the port,” an RZD official said.
Joint venture RasonKonTrans set up with a 70% stake in OJSC Trading House RZD and a 30 percent stake of the North Korean port of Rajin is implementing Khasan-Rajin international transport project. The project envisages reconstruction of Tumangang-Rajin railway line, construction of a freight container terminal at the port of Rajin and further operation of this infrastructure.
Khasan-Rajin railway line was officially commissioned on September 22, 2013. The project was funded from RasonKonTrans charter capital and borrowings made on the basis of a business plan of the project.
RZD recalled 54 kilometers of combined railway track were restored, man-made facilities, including 18 bridges, 12 water supply pipes and three tunnels with a total length of more than 4,500 kilometers were reconstructed.
The Russian railway authorities are convinced that fulfilment of the project will permit to increase freight traffic on the Trans-Siberian Main Line. Freight traffic on Khasan-Rajin railway line with trans-shipment at the port Rajin is planned to reach about four million tonnes annually.