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Azerbaijan to Purchase Thousands of Freight Cars

Azerbaijan Railways plans to purchase 2,900 new freight cars by 2020, according to the head of the transportation department at Azerbaijan Railways.

The procurement of freight cars will be realized in the framework of the state program, which is being drafted.

The work on the reconstruction of 15 rail tank cars was completed recently. This made it possible to increase the service life of the cars by five years. The life of tank wagons for transportation of oil and oil products is set at 32 years. These tanks have been in operation since 1984, and their service life has expired, but Inter Qaz Servis company have achieved their reconstruction.

The cost of a new car is $50,000. However, the reconstruction of one car costs only $5,500.

Azerbaijan Railways purchased 3,100 freight cars of different types over the past two years from the Russian research and production corporation Uralvagonzavod.

Some 600 of these cars are intended for transportation of oil and oil products. The delivered lot consisted of 400 closed railcars, 400 flat cars, 200 cars for transportation of large containers, 1,000 gondola cars, 600 tanks, 300 grain carriers, 100 hoppers and 100 cement carriers.

The contract on the acquisition of cars was signed between Azerbaijan Railways and Uralvagonzavod in March 2015. The first lot was delivered to Azerbaijan in April 25, 2015.

Recently, Javid Gurbanov, Chairman of Azerbaijani Railways stated that in spite of recession in current rail freight transportation in the country, Azerbaijan Railways is doing everything possible to increase the volume of cargo, and its amount will exceed 25 million tons a year by 2025.

Source: AzerNews

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