The government of the Russian Federation decided to limit itself to the most modest version of the third stage of development of the Eastern range.

BAM

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Railinsider.

Of the plans proposed by Russian Railways, the cheapest was chosen. It provides for the expansion of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) to carry an additional 16.6 million tons of coal from the Elginskoye deposit. It will cost 333 billion rubles. (More than $ 4.5 billion). However, construction is proposed to be accelerated in order to complete it not by the end of 2027, but in 2025.

According to analysts, such abstinence in inquiries is fully justified, however, Russian Railways may physically be unable to complete the planned volume of construction in a short time.

There were three options for the construction of the third stage of the BAM.

The first option, intended for the export of additional volumes (16.6 million tons of coal) of the Elginskoye deposit through the ports of the Vanino-Sovgavansky junction, provides for the expansion of only BAM and only in the Ulak-Komsomolsk section. According to calculations, it will give the total carrying capacity of the Eastern range in 197 million tons by 2027 and will cost 332.6 billion rubles.

The other two options were envisaged as an addition to the first and provided 210 million and 240 million tons of carrying capacity until 2030, respectively. Their cost was estimated (in addition to the cost of the first option) at 891 billion rubles and 2.55 trillion rubles.

The third scenario, in addition to the expansion of the BAM, assumed large-scale work on the Trans-Siberian Railway, in particular, the construction of a number of expensive infrastructure facilities – bridges and tunnels.

As previously reported, construction teams are being recruited in the Russian Federation for the reconstruction of the BAM.

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