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Railways will not buy from Mechel railway to the Elga field
Railways will not buy the railway from Mechel to the Elga field (located in the south-eastern part of Yakutia), since the federal budget did not find 70 billion rubles for this, the Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing federal officials and a source close to it. to Railways.
"It was planned that the railways will be bought at the expense of the federal budget, for which it was required to increase the costs for the development program of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway," the sources of the publication explain. (At present, 562 billion rubles are planned to be sent to this program until 2018). However, note "Vedomosti", it was not possible to agree on this with the government.
Mechel built a railway 320 kilometers in length to the Elga coal deposit being developed by the company in Yakutia. The cost of building this road is about 70 billion rubles.
The head of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, said that the acquisition of the road may be of interest to the company, given its location and the synergetic effect of the nearby infrastructure (the mine itself and the ports belonging to Mechel). Yakunin also called an interesting idea of the exchange of the road in Sochi, which is on the balance of Russian Railways, on the railway Mechel.