Ulaanbaatar Railway: modernisation gaining momentum
An agreement outlining a strategic partnership for the modernization and development of Ulaanbaatar Railway (UBZD) has been signed between Russian Railways (RZD) and Mongolia's ministry of roads and transport in the capital Ulan Bator. The main projects for consideration include the centralized modernization and development of the route Sükhbaatar–Sainshand–Zamyn Üüd (1,100 km), construction of the northbound Erdenet–Ovot railway line (545 km) with a view to developing the mining industry in northwestern Mongolia, and the construction of the Ovot–Arz sur route (215 km) with access to Russia and that country's Kyzyl–Kuragino railway line.
In the west, a railway line linking Russia and China via Mongolia will be developed. This link will enable Russia to export goods to China, India, Pakistan, and other countries in the region. In eastern Mongolia the possibility of using the Choibalsan–Erentsav railway section (239 km) with a view to establishing a Khut–Bichigt transit route is being considered. (ben)