Russian Railways braces for “construction of century” on Baikal-Amur Mainline

Russian Railways braces for “construction of century” on Baikal-Amur Mainline
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The second Severomuysky Tunnel planned to be built by the Russian Railways will significantly increase the throughput capacity of this section of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. The project has already been dubbed a “construction project of the century.”

As a result of the project implementation, the capacity will be increased to one hundred million tons per year. Currently, RZD is preparing a feasibility study for the project, which is planned to be submitted by December 20 this year, Kommersant newspaper reported referring to the relevant documents.

Earlier, the Director General of the Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov said that it was necessary to explore the issue of building the second Severomuysky Tunnel.

“In order to develop the Far East, we will need to increase the volume of traffic. If we build a second tunnel, it will give us the opportunity to transport not 16 million, but 100 million tons of cargo”, Belozerov explained. At the same time, the head of the Russian Railways has stressed that construction work within the framework of this project will be carried out for a long time and will take about ten years.

As a reference, the Baikal-Amur Mainline is more than four thousand kilometers long and it traverses Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. The BAM was constructed as a strategic alternative route to the Trans-Siberian Railway. The project was estimated at $14 billion. In the Soviet era, the BAM was described as “the construction project of the century”.