Construction of a new ferry complex in the Kuryk port on the Caspian Sea has been officially finished and the site is ready for use, reports Trend news agency citing the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy national company.
The official launch of the first stage of the complex took place on Dec. 6 with participation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
“Kuryk paves the way to the Caucasus and Europe. It is our long-awated project and essential for the development of our country,” Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said launching the complex.
Kuryk port is an important section of the Trans-Caspian international transport corridor. Construction of the railway and necessary port infrastructure is completed and the port is ready to transship cargo, according to the general director of the Port Kurdyk Abay Turikpenbaev.
Earlier, port of Aktau used to be the only possible solution for Kazakhstan to transport cargo to other Caspian littoral states. However, the ferry terminal in this port has been working to its capacity over the recent years.
It is expected that the new ferry complex in Kuryk will make it possible to triple the existing ferry transport capacities of Kazakhstan and strengthen the Kazakh section of the China-Europe transport corridor.
The annual capacity of the complex is expected to reach 5.1 million tons of cargo. The total cost of the project is 32.1 billion tenge (over EUR89 mln).
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