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27 january

100 companies from 7 countries took part in workshop for prospective participants of Moscow - Kazan HSR project

A workshop on the preparation for a tender for selection of a contractor for engineering surveys and development of design documentation for the Moscow — Kazan (HSR) high-speed rail line was held in Moscow. It was chaired by First Vice-President of JSCo “RZD” Alexander Misharin. “The main objective of our workshop is to introduce to all accredited participants information regarding the Moscow — Kazan HSR project. Today, representatives of 100 companies from 7 countries are present here. This speaks of the fact that even against the backdrop of positive market dynamics, investors and companies are interested in the implementation of a large investment project in Russia,” stated Alexander Misharin. The workshop participants received information about the financial and legal aspects of the tender for performance of engineering surveys and development of design documentation and a project of planning and demarcation of the territories along the Moscow — Kazan HSR, as well as the procedures of tender organization, main requirements and methods of evaluation of bids, conditions and timelines for planned work. The tender for selection of a contractor for engineering surveys and development of design documentation for the Moscow — Kazan (HSR) high-speed rail line will be announced and held in the first quarter of 2015. Further information about the workshop, tender and project can be obtained on the website of JSC “High-Speed Rail Lines,” a subsidiary of JSCo “RZD,” the HSR design office at http://www.hsrail.ru. As a reminder to the readers, in December of 2014, RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced at a meeting with his deputies that in 2015 funds would be allocated to financing of the design work for the construction of the Moscow — Nizhny Novgorod — Kazan (HSR) high-speed rail line. The HSR calls for operation of passenger trains at speeds of 200-400 km/h. The immediate task in the implementation of the Moscow — Kazan HSR will be the organization of a tender for selection of a contractor for engineering surveys and route design in 2015. Upon completion of design work and approval of the project, construction of the rail line will start and will be followed by its commissioning. The organizational and legal model of the project implementation calls for the application of the public-private partnership mechanisms. ***** Today, the full volume of work that involves the Moscow — Kazan HSR substantiation study and is provided for by the network action plan approved on September 30 of 2013 by the Prime Minister of Russia has been carried out: substantiation of investments into the project has been devised, with a positive opinion of Glavgosekspertiza of Russia. An independent technological and price audit of the project has been carried out with participation of international experts; it has confirmed the parameters of substantiation of investments in terms of technical solutions and costs. An investment memorandum of the project and tender documentation for the design stage of the project have been prepared. The Moscow — Kazan HSR will be 770 km long, spanning 7 constituent entities of Russia, and will feature 15 stops: 5 in major cities (Moscow, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, and Kazan) and 10 regional cities. This will allow connecting to the rail line regions with the population of ca 25M people, offering a one-hour accessibility of cities. The consortium of leading Russian institutes performed calculations of macroeconomic effects of HSR launch, with the results confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development. In the proposed plan, the Moscow — Kazan HSR project is fully viable both for the government and private investors. In the first 12 years of HSR operation, the aggregate GDP growth in Russia through agglomerate effects attributed to increased labor performance and improved business activity in the non-resource segments of the economy will amount to 11.7 trillion rubles in projected prices. The amount of additional tax contributions during the same period will equal 3.8 trillion rubles, which exceeds the cost of the project multiple times. Investments in the project will provide a large-scale support to the Russian industry, primarily metallurgy (production of tracks and metal structures), mechanical engineering, the sector of construction materials, trade, and science.

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