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Turkey Completes over 80% of Work on BTK Railway

Over 83 percent of the work has been completed in Turkey as part of the construction of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway.

Currently, the work on construction of 550 meters-long tunnel as part of the construction of BTK is underway in Turkey. This will create a logistics center in Turkey's Kars province in early 2016 to optimize the freight flow.

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement.

The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) finances the project in accordance with the Azerbaijani president's decree 'On the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project activities' dated February 21, 2007.

A test train is expected to run on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway by late 2014.

The peak capacity of the corridor will be 17 million metric tons of cargo per year. At the initial stage, this figure will be equal to one million passengers and 6.5 million metric tons of cargo.

Source: Trend

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