Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be commissioned by the end of 2012
Until the end of 2012, international railway Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) will be commissioned. As reported by "Georgia-News", the head of JSC "Azerbaijan Railways" Arif Askerov announced today this information to reporters. In 2010-2014 trains' speed will be increased up to 140-150 kilometers per hour, he said.
"Ongoing reconditioning of 317 km. of the Baku-Boyuk-Kesik section, almost 11.5 kilometers of the road is already repaired, and throughout the year they plan to repair a total of 36 km. of the road" - the official added. All construction of the railway is carried out in accordance with the schedule, he said.
According to him, under the loan terms, which Azerbaijani side got from the World Bank, the purchase of new locomotives for $ 450 million is provided, as well as energy production will move to AC.
"During the first 9 months of the year, the railway has transported a total of 16 million tons of cargo, including 8 million tons of crude oil and petroleum products", Askerov said in an interview.
Recall, project of railway transport corridor BTK includes the construction of the railway Kars-Akhalkalaki. Its length will be 98 km, of which 68 km will be at Turkish territory and 30 km - at Georgian.