During his working trip to Umnugobi aimag, Speaker of the Parliament G.Zandanshatar became familiarized with construction progress of Tavantolgoi-Gashuunsukhait railroad.
The railroad will run for around 240 km through the territories of Tsogttsetsii, Bayan-Ovoo and Khanbogd soums of Umnugobi aimag and will be developed with two railway stations and six junctions. More than 300 engineering and technical staff, over 1700 workers and over 510 machineries are working in this project.
Currently, earthworks are running at 92.3 percent, repairing works at 94.2 percent, works to build drain pipes at 79 percent, bridge construction at 56 percent and lower infrastructure works at 83.5 percent while upper construction work is running with 16.7 percent completion, making the total railway joints to have been assembled 42 km. The construction work is expected to complete in July 2020.
Since it has been unable to import some necessary equipment and machinery due to the pandemic, Mongolian engineers are building and operating some of the required equipment for building railroad by themselves. Appraising their efforts, Speaker G.Zandanshatar congratulated the Tavantolgoi railroad construction team on using and making the COVID-19 situation an opportunity.
With development of the railroad, it will be possible to transport and export 30 million tons of coking coal and energy coal a year. Additionally, opportunities to make transportation to Chinese seaport cities such as Huanghua, Tianjin, Qingdao and Jinzhou as well as to third country will be opened up alongside enabling Mongolian mining companies to compete at the global market.