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Turkmenistan to Buy 300 Freight Cars

Thursday 31 May 2012

ASHGABAT (Trend News Agency) – The Railway Transport Ministry of Turkmenistan plans to sign a contract with Stock Plaza LLP (UK) to purchase 300 specialised freight cars for transportation of grain, cement and mineral products.

Railway transportation from Shenzhen to Turkmenistan

Stock Plaza, registered in London, is used as intermediary for the transaction. The actual constructor of the wagons is currently unknown.

Earlier this year, a master plan of rail transport development for 2012-2016 aimed at accelerating development of this sector, its basic diversification, as well as creating new jobs was approved.

The plan envisages construction of Atamyrat-Imamnazar and Gazachak-Shasenem-Dashoguz railways, Turkmenabat-Farab railway bridge over Amu Darya, highway for high-speed trains, running between Turkmenbashi city of Balkan Province and Turmenabat city of Lebap Province, as well a number of other large infrastructure projects.

In 2005 Turkmenistan had 2,440 km of railroad line, most of which runs close to the northern and southern borders. The Tejen-Sarakhs-Mashhad railroad, built in 1996 by Turkmenistan and Iran, has become a vital link of Central Asian, Russian and European railroad systems with South Asia and the Persian Gulf. In February 2006, the final construction phase began on the Trans-Garagum Railway, a direct link between Ashgabat and Dashhowuz that will halve travel time between the southern and northern borders.

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