President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh officially opened a 234-kilometer railway linking the Tavan Tolgoi coal deposits the Gobi desert with an inland port at Gashuun Sukhit near the border with China. It is reported by Railway Supply with reference to the Railway Gazette.

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The opening ceremony took place last week when the first freight train left Tavan Tolgoi for Gashuun Sukhit.

The 1520 mm track was developed by the state project promoter, Tavantolga Tumurzam Co., and Bodi International awarded the design, procurement and construction contract.

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The line is designed to carry 50 million tons of coking coal per year, three times the amount currently transported by trucks. Putting the railway into operation will reduce the cost of transporting coal by about 4 times compared to road transport, and will also help reduce the level of harmful emissions.

Khurelsukh stressed that the railway was built by Mongolian companies and is the first line in the county 100% owned by Mongolia.

The new railway uses continuously welded rails providing a maximum axle load of 25 tons. Each 10,000-ton train will consist of two locomotives and 100 wagons with a total length of 1,446 meters.

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