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29 september

Russian-Chinese working group on HSR discussed localization of production in Russia

The fourth meeting of the Russian-Chinese working group of companies on cooperation in the area of high-speed rail lines (HSR) ended in Chengdu, China. The delegation of JSCo “RZD” at the meeting was headed by First Vice-President of JSC “RZD” Alexander Misharin; the Chinese delegation was led by Deputy Director General of China Railway Huang Ming. The parties discussed prospects of implementation of the project of the Moscow — Vladimir — Nizhny Novgorod — Cheboksary — Kazan high-speed rail line that is currently being designed by the Russian-Chinese consortium of institutes with participation of JSC Mosgiprotrans, JSC Nizhegorodmetroproject and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd. The participants of the working group agreed on commencement of efforts on preparation of a list of products required for HSR creation whose production can be localized in Russia. As a reminder to the readers, the project calls for deep localization: 80% of all materials will be manufactured in Russia, which will mean a large order for domestic industry. Production of modern high-speed rolling stock will also be localized in Russia. The parties also considered the organizational and legal model of project implementation and plans of investment into and financing of construction of the Moscow — Kazan HSR. The Chinese party confirmed its intentions to invest in the project an amount equal to 250 bn rubles and will consider the possibility to increase the amount of loans by 150 bn rubles. The specially established Silk Road Investment Fund and the China Development Bank may participate in the financing.  The organizational and legal model of project implementation will be finalized and approved by the end of 2015. Please keep in mind that complex engineering surveys along the Moscow — Vladimir — Nizhny Novgorod — Cheboksary — Kazan line will be complete in 2016. In the course of performance of activities, the planning design and area demarcation plan will be prepared and approved, and design documentation with specified construction stages will be devised. The developed design documentation will be subject to an expert evaluation by FAU Glavgosexpertiza of Russia conducted according to established procedures and a financial and technical audit. ***** Upon completion of design activities and approval of the organizational, legal and financial model, there will be selection of construction companies for implementation of the Moscow — Kazan HSR project and suppliers of rolling stock. The length of the Moscow — Kazan HSR will be 770 km; it will span 7 constituent entities of Russia, with 15 stops: 5 in major cities (Moscow, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, and Kazan) and 10 regional cities. Trains will be operated along the rail line with speeds of up to 400 km/h, their time in transit from Moscow to Kazan will be 3.5 hours. The rail line will connect regions with the population of ca 25M people, offering a one-hour connection between largest cities. Annual passenger traffic along the line during the first years of operation is estimated at 10.5M people.

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