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Russia’s Republic of Tyva government confirms support for Northern Rail Corridor

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World Coal,

Mongolian metallurgical coal explorer and infrastructure company, Aspire Mining Ltd, and its rail subsidiary, Northern Railways LLC, attended the Tyva 2030/The Future of Tyva Forum in the Tyva Republic capital of Kyzyl. Tyva is a Republic within the Russian Federation that covers the Northern Rail Corridor from the Mongolian Border at Arts Suuri through Kyzyl and north towards the Trans-Siberian Railway at Kuragino.

At the conclusion of the conference, a Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by the Tyva Republic Government and Northern Railways which noted that the Northern Rail Corridor from Tianjin\Beijing through Erdenet and Ovoot in Mongolia and reaching north to Kyzyl and Kuragino is in the interests of both Northern Railways and the Tyva Republic Government. The LOI included an agreement to share data and work together to see this Northern Corridor realised.

The Northern Rail Corridor extends from Tianjin Port on China’s North East Coast through Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Erdenet, Ovoot, Arts Suuri, Kyzyl to Kuragino, where it connects to the existing TransSiberian Rail system. Rail currently exists between Tianjin and Erdenet. Erdenet to Ovoot is the subject of a Rail Concession with Aspire’s subsidiary, Northern Railways. The Concession for the Kyzyl to Kuragino section of this Corridor has now been agreed. Discussions between Mongolia and Russia are continuing in relation to the remaining connection between Ovoot to Kyzyl.

The new Northern Rail Corridor will provide a new competitive rail connection between North East China and Europe through Mongolia and Russia to support China’s One Belt One Road initiative.

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