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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.

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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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