Deutsche Bahn is planning the construction of a 260 km freight railway line to China. Experts from Deutsche Bahn will be responsible for the overall planning of the project, eyefortransport reported.
The project involves a 260 km railway line for the transportation of coal to the Chinese border. DB Mobility Logistics subsidiary, DB International, has already prepared a preliminary study for the planned mine railway.
The agreed order volume amounts to almost €4 million, and the overall project planning is estimated at around €15 million. Total investment for this rail project is expected to add up to US$800 million.
An important transit country between China and Russia, Mongolia is also assuming an increasingly significant role for rail freight traffic between Asia and Europe.
Martin Bay, chairman of the DB International's board of management, points out that DB International has been active in Mongolia for the past two years. DB International will assume overall project planning, procurement management, monitoring of deadlines and costs, as well as quality assurance.
DB International will also provide support in connection with establishment and operation of the freight railway, which will be designed as a single-track line for an axle load of 25 tons to transport coal from Ukhaa Khudag in the south of Mongolia to the border crossing at Gashuun Sukhait.
Construction work on the railway line to China is scheduled to begin before end-2009, with the first trains scheduled to run in 2011.