The company “A-Property”, owned by the founder of the telecommunications operator Yota Albert Avdolyan, intends to build a private railway from the Elga field to the Sea of Okhotsk. This was reported by RBC with reference to the representative of the organization, Anastasia Kharitonova.
She noted that the length of the tracks will be approximately 500 kilometers. In total, it will be possible to transport 30 million tons of coal annually. Kharitonova did not disclose the amount of investments in the construction. At the same time, the managing director of the NRA rating service, Sergei Grishunin, estimated the cost of the railway with the port at $ 2.5-3 billion.
It is noted that earlier this project was commented on by the Director General of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov. During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he explained that this is not about the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) and not Trassib, but about a new, third branch towards the Pacific Ocean.
In December 2020, it became known that Gazprombank had sold 49 percent of the Elga field to A-Property. The deal took place ahead of schedule as part of the option exercise, the amount was 45 billion rubles.