Severomuysky Tunnel-2 will ensure that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree on developing transport infrastructure is implemented and will solve an acute problem caused by the limited traffic capacity on RZD’s Far East route. No more than 16 pairs of trains per day can pass through the existing Severomuysky Tunnel that entered operation in 2003. Construction of the new tunnel will make it possible to increase annual freight volume from 16 million tonnes to 100 million tonnes, while expanding access to premium APR markets for Russian exporters.
The Sibanthracite Group submitted a proposal to build Severomuysky Tunnel-2 without government funding. The initiative was supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Sibanthracite Group has created the ‘Severomuysky Tunnel-2’ project company. The VostokCoal company, which has extensive experience starting projects from scratch, will manage the construction process.
Construction of the new tunnel will begin within a year and take five years to complete.
The construction of Severomuysky Tunnel-2 will contribute to improving the socio-economic situation in the Republic of Buryatia. The regional budget will receive additional tax revenues, and some 3,000 new jobs will be created in the next 2-3 years.