|2008 – Azerbaijan, Upgrade of railway on the East - West corridor|
Rail Project - Upgrade focuses on the railway infrastructure between Baku and Boyuk-Kasik, which is part of the Baku - Tbilisi - Kars railway.
|Demand estimation from IDEA II-EaP transport model year 2030|
The upgrade of railway on the East - West corridor is a component of the "Rail trade and transport facilitation" project currently being funded by the World Bank. The project has 4 components:
Total project cost is approx 1.5 Billion USD
|Project closing date is December 31, 2017.|
The implementation of the power conversion and signaling is progressing. The power conversion works are advancing with construction of eight AC traction power substations finalized and four remaining under construction and catenary works and poles replacement advancing at Ganja-Boyuk Kesik section. The signaling contractor has finalized the conceptual design followed by completed cabling works and signaling premises rehabilitated at Ganja-Boyuk Kesik section.
Though the status of physical rehabilitation of existing infrastructure is satisfying, there is an urgent need to align the schedule of delivery of locomotives with on-going power conversion and signaling contracts and most important to accelerate on-going institutional modernization within the sector and ADY to ensure that massive capital investments into the sector remain sustainable.
The World Bank has agreed with Government that the progress with Reform of the Railway Administration should continue with a focus on the development of a business plan, new financial management and asset management systems, and introduction of sector performance benchmarking. Based on above, the project development objective (PDO) continues to be achievable within the project closing date of December 31, 2017.
|Expected impacts on transport, environment, social, other|
Securing optimal track conditions and provision of all services will assure passengers' convenience, station automation, etc. The project is expected to support the development of services by enabling the railway to attract growing transit business to Azerbaijan. While such services remain related to the regional oil industry, they provide Azerbaijan with an opportunity to capitalize on its location by offering value added services for oil and oil products from neighboring countries. This will benefit not only the railway, but also other logistics businesses (port services, storage) that provide services for transit goods.
|Source of funding|
|Azerbaijan Government, World Bank|
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