Russia-China set up joint venture for Amur River Bridge
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
A Russian-Chinese joint venture Amur-Heilongjiang has been set up for construction of a road and rail bridge across the Amur River.
The project, worth around US$275 million, will connect the Russian region of Blagoveshchensk, located at the confluence of the Amur and Zeya Rivers in the far east, and the Chinese province of Heihe. according to the Kommersant newspaper.
The 2.2km bridge, expected to be open by 2020, was proposed in 2007 by Valery Solomonovich Gurevich, the vice-chairman of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast. The bridge would link Nizhneleninskoye in the Oblast with Tongjiang in Heilongjiang Province.
The main reason for the bridge is to transport iron ore by rail from a Russian open pit mine in Kimkan in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, to Chinese mills. Previous reports hav e suggested that the Petropavlovsk mining company, owner of the open pit mine, would part finance the bridge.