Northern Latitudinal Railway construction to start next year

The future Northern Latitudinal Railway concessionaire is currently completing design and survey work in order to begin construction works in 2019 which will be completed in 2023. All the documents necessary to start the construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway were ready for submission to the Government of the Russian Federation for a decision, RZD announced.
For the project, on May 11, Russia’s Transport Minister, Maxim Sokolov, the CEO of Russian Railways, Oleg Belozerov, and the governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Dmitry Kobylkin, unveiled, in Salekhard, a foundation stone for the future bridge over Ob river as part of Northern Latitudinal Railway project. The new railway bridge will link the cities of Salekhard and Labytnangi.
“Today we are not only making a symbolic start to the construction of a bridge across the Ob, but are also opening up a new large-scale stage in the development of Russia’s transport infrastructure. The construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway will change the picture of transport across the whole country,” Oleg Belozerov said.
In the same day, a working meeting has been held on the implementation of the Northern Latitudinal Railway project, where the authorities, representatives of the future Northern Latitudinal Railway concessionaire, Gazprom and other parties to the project participated.
At the meeting the participants finalised the main conditions and parameters of the concession scheme and signed the final protocol.
As part of the concession, more than 350 km of railway track and bridges across the Ob and Nadym rivers will be built. The Northern Latitudinal Railway will be implemented on the principles of a Public-Private Partnership in the form of a concession.
Within the project, Russian Railways will carry out the reconstruction of the adjacent sections of the Konosh – Kotlas – Chum – Labytnangi stretch on the Northern Railway, including Ob station, and the Pangody – Novy Urengoy – Korotchaevo railway line, which is part of Sverdlovsk Railways. Gazprom will complete the construction and commissioning of its own 104 km Nadym – Pangody railway line. The administration of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District will be an investor in the construction of the road section of the bridge across the Ob and will provide the necessary project documentation.
Under the concession agreement, a special project company called SPK-Concessionaire will provide the financing, construction and operation of the Obskaya-Salekhard-Nadym line. A railway section of the bridges across the rivers Ob and Nadym and the approaches to them will be built, as well as a new 353 km Salekhard-Nadym railway section.
According to the authorities, the line will be put in operation in 2023, and the estimated volume of transport is 23.9 million tonnes, consisting mainly of gas condensate and oil products.