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RZD Gets Equipment for Sochi Link

03/12/2009

Russian Railways on Wednesday received its first delivery of equipment for a 260 billion ruble ($7.4 billion) transportation link between Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, considered the hardest part of the 2014 Olympics preparations.

Cargo airline Volga-Dnepr said in a statement that it delivered the first of five tunnel-boring machines needed for construction of the 50-kilometer railroad and highway project. A spokesman for Bamtonnelstroi, which Russian Railways, or RZD, has hired as a contractor, said the project would have five tunnels with a total length of 27 kilometers, Itar-Tass reported Wednesday.

A Russian Railways spokesman declined to comment on the project's final cost, saying the details were still being finalized. When the state railways won the tender last summer to build the link, it was slated to cost 260 billion rubles and be completed by 2013.

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