RZR Railways loaded 105.2 million tonnes of freight

Russian Railways’ network loaded 105.2 mILLION tons of freight in August 2015, marginally down 0.6% from August 2014. Freight turnover in August 2015 increased by 1% compared to August 2015 and amounted to 193.6 billion tariff ton-kilometres. Freight turnover taking into account empty wagon runs increased by 0.6% to 247.3 billion ton-km. Loading in January-August […]

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The Grand Old Man of the Railways is growing

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The Grand Old Man is growing container volumes substantially Transit container shipments involving China via Transsib increase by 89% in first 9 months of 2015 Oleg Belozerov, the recently appointed President of Russian Railways, spoke to the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) at their 24th meeting  in Vienna on the 11th November 2015. Belozerov […]

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Slug catchers et alia in Uzbekistan


Heavy lift experts Instar Logistics deliver “Slug catchers” et alia in Uzbekistan. But not your common or garden pellet variety. These weigh 118 tonnes each and are destined for the South west Gissar gas fields Uzbekistan’s population of over 30 million makes it Central Asia’s largest market with half of the region’s population. Physically it […]

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Pontoons to Polish power plant.

EBRD finances major environmental upgrade at PKN Orlen

How do you navigate an unnavigable river? Carefully. INSTAR PROJECTS transported 6500 MT including 6 HRSG 180 tonne modules from Gdansk to Wloclawek. In 2011 one of Europe’s largest crude oil refiners and fuel retailers, PKN Orlen, announced the construction of a new power plant in Wloclawek, Poland. A consortium, including Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin […]

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Texas to Siberia Challenge

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“GRES-2” Yakutsk get Texas-built GEC turbines In November 2012 President Putin signed a Presidential order for the construction of four new Power Plants in the cities of Blagoveshchensk, Sovetskaya Gavan, Sakhalin and Yakutsk. RusHydro, the Federal Hydro-generating Company, was given a $USD1.5 billion budget and instructed to commence the search for contractors. Of the four […]

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Lifan breaks ground on new Russian full assembly auto plant


Lifan to invest $300million, as Russia’s most successful Chinese OEM breaks ground on new plant. Despite difficulties in the Russian economy, the credit squeeze and threat of more US and European Union sanctions and a 50% drop in Russian car sales, Chinese car manufacturer Lifan laid the first stone in its new car plant, in […]

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TIR to resume on Russian borders

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Positive developments concerning the TIR situation in Russia The Federal Customs Service of Russia (FCS) published information announcing what it called the “resolution of the situation with TIR Carnets”.   This “situation” was the long standing dispute between the Russian representative of the TIR organisation, the Association of International Road Carriers (ASMAP) and a claim […]

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