North-Western Phosphorous Company (a member of Acron Group), which implements a greenfield mining project at the Oleniy Ruchey apatite-nepheline ore deposit, is starting to build a railroad to stop using road transport for apatite concentrate thus reducing the product cost.
A 38-kilometre track section will connect the mine site with Aikuven station, from where the trains carrying apatite concentrate will continue on the existing railway lines to Titan station. In total, the Company will build 50 kilometres of rail tracks, including receiving, service and dead-end tracks. In addition to utility facilities, the Oleniy Ruchey station will have a facility for loading apatite concentrate into rail cars, including transhipment hub and a loading terminal with sidings.
NWPC has obtained approval from the state expert review board for railroad construction design documentation and a construction permit. PSK-Remput (Khimki) and Trest-2 (Veliky Novgorod) were selected as general contractors from among 22 bidders through a tender process. The contractors have already started earthworks and building of a track bed and embankment. The next construction stage includes building of bridges and overpasses, and installation of drainage pipes. Track panel installation is planned for 2017.
NWPC will create new jobs to maintain the railroad.