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Expansion of Aktau seaport goes according to schedule: Kazakhstan Temir Zholy 25 июня 2015, 22:04

The expansion of Kazakhstan's Aktau seaport to the north goes according to schedule.
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Photo courtesy of the press office of Kazakhstan's Temir Zholy. Photo courtesy of the press office of Kazakhstan's Temir Zholy.

The expansion of Aktau seaport to the north goes according to schedule, Tengrinews reports citing Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, the national railway company of Kazakhstan that is constructing the extension of the sea port.

Aktau, the only large seaport in Kazakhstan, is being expanded in the framework of the Trans-Caspian International Corridor project.

According to Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, laying of seaport's track superstructure is going to be completed by July 1. "Works at three berths - in the grain terminal, container anchorage terminal and general cargo terminal - are nearing their completion. All six grain silos at the grain terminal have been elected, installation of equipment has almost been completed. The fourth pier - the one for port vessels - will be ready by June 18. External power supply is being set up. Intrasite transformer substation is being delivered and installed. Works to construct a crossover of the oil pipeline across the rail tracks are in full swing," the company's press office said.

Metal framework for the administrative headquarters  will be delivered to the site on June 25. Foundations of the administrative headquarters, sanitary epidemiological center, materials depot, general storage and garage are being laid. Access motorway is also being laid. "The works are going at a high pace. We are trying to keep up with the schedule," a representative of the general contractor said.

The Aktau seaport was constructed back in 1963 mainly to export uranium ore and crude oil coming from fields in Mangyshlak region, western Kazakhstan. Located on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea, the port is of strategic importance to Kazakhstan being the only maritime gates of the land-locked nation, enabling it to export dry cargoes, grain, crude and petroleum products by sea. 

Once the expansion works are completed, Aktau seaport will provide higher quality transportation services will take the port's capacity from the current 18 million tons a year to 21 million tons a year.

Writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina

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