On June 21, Mobilization Conference for Initiation of Astana Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project & Constructer Cooperation Signing Ceremony was held in the Bird’s Nest Culture & Creativity Center. Sui Zhenjiang (Vice Mayor of Beijing City) attended and delivered a speech. Liu Baojun (Counsellor of Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Li Aiqing (Chairman of BSAM), Zhi Jun (President of BSAM), Sun Jing (Vice President of BSAM), major leaders of China Railway Erju Co., Ltd, China Construction Sixth Engineering Division Corporation, Beijing Urban Construction Group, Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corporation, Xie Zhongsheng (Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal SASAC), as well as leaders of Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission, Beijing Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, Beijing Urban Engineering Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd, Beijing Institute of Geo-Exploration Technology and other organizations, also attended.
At the conference, on behalf of Chinese Consortium, Li Aiqing introduced the project overview. Major leaders of China Railway Erju Co., Ltd, China Construction Sixth Engineering Division Corporation, Beijing Urban Construction Group and Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corporation expressed their aspirations. On behalf of Chinese Consortium, China Railway Asia-Europe Construction and Investment Co., Ltd subsequently signed the relevant contracts with project construction manager, constructer and designer, respectively. Vice Mayor Sui Zhenjiang mobilized for the project construction. He stressed: “Leaders of both countries, the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Beijing Municipal Government attach importance to this project. All constructors should focus on this project, and go all out to promote and implement this project. Contractors include the domestic leading companies in various specializations. All relevant enterprises are expected to demonstrate strength and charm of the Chinese enterprises. All constructors should work closely, perform their functions and fulfill their duties in a satisfying manner”.
Astana LRT has total length of 22.4 km, with design speed of 80 km, total duration of 3 years and total investment of USD 1.887 billion. China Development Bank covers 80% of total loans, and Kazakhstan provides national sovereign guarantee. This project has two highlights: Firstly, Beijing’s municipal-level enterprises join hands to go global, and assume the main tasks in the project. BSAM mainly plays a leading and promoting role; Beijing Urban Construction Group undertakes construction task of Section I of this project; Beijing Urban Engineering Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd is designer of this project; Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corporation is construction management team of this project; Beijing Institute of Geo-Exploration Technology undertakes exploration task of this project. Secondly, this project will wholly follow the Chinese standards, and the construction work which will be carried out in accordance with the fully automated driverless design and construction standards. For the first time, the Chinese enterprises will design and construct a driverless light rail at abroad.
Signing Ceremony was sponsored by a large-scale event company affiliated to Beijing Beiao Group Corporation.
(Contributed by Work Group of Astana LRT Project, China Railway Asia-Euro Construction and Investment Co., Ltd and Beijing Beiao Group Corporation)