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Transit projects are being built in China

In Primorye, another infrastructure company from China was called

The authorities of Primorye proposed the largest engineering and construction group from China to build new roads and ports in the region. And some of the infrastructure facilities are supposed to be built in addition to the existing facilities. What is it for, was taken up by East Russia.

Transit projects are being built in China
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The theme of the development of transport infrastructure was discussed at the meeting of the provisional Governor of Primorsky Territory Andrei Tarasenko with Vice President of China Railway Group Ltd. Ma Li. The Chinese company is a part of the corporation China Railway International Ltd., whose activities cover several areas: exploration and design, construction and installation works, scientific research. As noted by Ma Li, the corporation implemented hundreds of infrastructure projects around the world. Now the company operates in 70 countries, including Russia, where it participates in the development of the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway.

The head of Primorye invited potential partners to consider three major infrastructure projects in the region. One of them is connected with the creation of an additional port in Zarubino within the International Transport Corridor (ITC) Primorje-2 and the construction of a railway section that will give the north-eastern Chinese province of Jilin an outlet to the sea.

According to the interim governor, interest in the port zone and the transportation of goods through it is shown by the association uniting the major stevedores of China. "We now stipulate the quota for the allocation of goods with this association. The question is in the construction of the railway line, which should connect the port with Chinese territory, so we suggest you take part in the creation of this global transit hub, "he said.

Another infrastructure project proposed by the head of the region is the construction of a low-water bridge from Vladivostok to Slavyanka, in which it is also planned to create a modern port. It is planned that grain, meat products and other agro-industrial cargoes will be here. This message will allow carriers to cut their way more than 240 km. The third project is the high-speed railway Mudanjiang - Vladivostok, which was announced last year. It involves the laying of a designated section of the railway with a length of more than 380 km (from Kharbin to Mudanjiang, a high-speed line is already under construction). As expected, the speed of the passenger express trains along it will be 250 km / h.

According to Ma Li, China Railway Group is ready to design these roads. "We have an interest in these three projects, we would like to work with you to develop models for cooperation and financing," he said.

It was decided that bilateral working groups would be established for detailed study of the projects. "By the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (11-13 September 2018 - East Russia) we have to develop and sign a package of documents that will allow us to move forward to implement these ideas," said Andrei Tarasenko.

It should be noted that at present the railway link with Jilin Province is provided by the section of the Railways Makhalino-Kamyshovaya-the state border, which goes to the Chinese border town of Hunchun. However, this line is mainly followed by Russian exports. In 2017, the crossing point of the Kamyshovaya - Hunchun has processed 2,5 million tons of cargo - a quarter more than in 2016. In the first quarter of this year, transportation amounted to about 793 thousand tons - to last year's level, they decreased by 0,5%.

However, in addition to exports to RZD, they say that they are ready to work with Chinese cargo in this direction, including in transit. According to Alexei Prudnikov, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Far Eastern Railway, in December 2017, through the Hunchun-Kamyshovaya border crossing, a test delivery of containers was arranged to the port of Zarubino. According to its results, the Chinese side expressed interest in the implementation of transit traffic in the amount of up to 100 thousand TEU per year in the direction of the Republic of Korea and Japan.

To ensure a prospective freight flow to the 2020 year, Russian Railways plans to complete the reconstruction of the 13,5 km of the road on the Makhalino-Hunchun section with the modernization of the Kamyshovaya station. The work is estimated at 4,8 billion rubles. As a result, the annual throughput capacity of the border crossing point will increase from 3 million to 8 million tons. At the same time, according to the forecast of the Primorsky Territory Administration, in the future, up to 2 million tons of cargo can be transported through the Primorsk-38 MTK annually. In addition to the road transport (through the Hunchun-Kraskino crossing point), rail transport must be actively involved. Hence the idea of ​​creating an additional section of the railway with the participation of Chinese capital.

Under growth of transportations it is necessary to develop port capacities in Zarubino. Today, the only operating terminal is the Sea Port in the Trinity Bay LLC (ISBNT). While the enterprise works with small volumes of cargo (the nomenclature is mainly represented by metals, containers, lumber, seafood) - in 2017, it processed 200 thousand tons, while its processing capacity is 1,2 million tons annually. In case of traffic growth, previously informed in the company's management, stevedore is ready to develop its capacities. By the way, last year, the ISSB concluded an agreement on the implementation of the Primorsky-2 project with the logistics corporation Changjit from Jilin Province.

The stevedoring company establishes connections with other contractors. This spring, the ISBN provided the boat call for the Eastern Dream ferry (owned by the South Korean DBS Cruise Ferry), which took on board a test cargo lot. Stevedore unloaded the transit cargo - components for digital equipment, which were sent from the Japanese port of Sakaiminato for further shipment to the Chinese city of Changchun. In turn, as a return load, a container loaded with agricultural machinery from China was loaded aboard the ferry.

The organizer of cargo transportation was Tottori Prefecture, the cargo agent - Japanese logistics operator Nippon Express Co. "Tottori Prefecture is interested in strengthening the functionality of Sakaiminato as a gateway to northeast Asia and expanding the geography of regular flights of DBS Cruise Ferry from the port of Vladivostok to the port of Zarubino," said Evgenia Zakharova, head of a separate division of Nippon Express (Rus) Ltd. in Vladivostok .

It should be noted that not so long ago, the Primorie administration held negotiations with the China International Food Investment Company, which also
invited to participate in the project to build a port in Zarubino. His specialization could be working with agricultural products: wheat, corn, soy. It is expected that of the projected cargo traffic along the MTC Primorie-2 23 million tons will be grain cargo. Last year, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order to expand the borders of the port of Zarubino. The complex is planned to be created on the territory located in the northeast direction from the existing borders of the port along the coastal strip of the Trinity Bay. For the construction it is planned to create an artificial land plot.
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