Rasia Announces Achievement of Key Milestone for Southern Armenia Railway in Meeting with Armenian Prime Minister

 Rasia Announces Achievement of Key Milestone for Southern Armenia Railway in
                     Meeting with Armenian Prime Minister

  PR Newswire

  DALIAN, China, September 15, 2013

DALIAN, China, September 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Prior to the start of the World Economic Forum, Rasia FZE announced in a
meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan the achievement of a key
milestone for the Southern Armenia Railway, including the release of a highly
favorable feasibility study and the recommended railway design route from
China Communications Construction Company ("CCCC").

Joseph Borkowski, Chairman of Dubai-based investment firm Rasia FZE which owns
the 50-year concession for the Southern Armenia Railway, highlighted the
strong economic viability and regional importance of the railway, as
demonstrated by the feasibility study. Having reached this key milestone,
Rasia will now move towards securing essential regional cooperation for the
following financing, construction and operating stages of the project.

The feasibility study results indicate that the Southern Armenia Railway will
cost approximately US $3.5 billion to construct, have a length of 305
kilometers from Gagarin to Agarak, and provide a base operating capacity of 25
million tons per annum. The railway will have 84 bridges spanning 19.6
kilometers and 60 tunnels of 102.3 kilometers, comprising 40% of the total
project length. The selected railway alignment is nearly 44 kilometers shorter
than previously estimated from Gavar to Agarak and will include the Gagarin to
Gavar connection to the existing railway network, operated by the JSC Russian
Railways subsidiary South Caucasus Railway CJSC. 

Mr. Borkowski expressed his sincere gratitude for the time invested by Prime
Minister Tigran Sargsyan in Dalian, China and for the strong support of
Minister Beglaryan and the staff of the Ministry of Transport and
Communication over the past year. Mr. Borkowski also reiterated his great
satisfaction with the exceptional work and dedication of the CCCC team,
enabling completion of the feasibility study ahead of schedule, and the
positive technical cooperation with General Director Mr. Viktor Rebets and his
team at South Caucasus Railway CJSC.

As the key missing link in the International North-South Transport Corridor,
the Southern Armenia Railway will create the shortest transportation route
from the ports of the Black Sea to the ports of the Persian Gulf.The Southern
Armenia Railway will establish a major commodities transit corridor between
Europe and the Persian Gulf region, with conservative long-term traffic volume
forecasts of 18.3 million tons per annum. Once the railway is completed,
transport costs and times for the region are expected to improve
substantially, fostering greater regional trade and economic growth while
dramatically strengthening the Armenian economy. The feasibility study
suggests a National Economic IRR for Armenia exceeding 11%. The implementation
of the Southern Armenia Railway Project is a top strategic priority for
Armenia and the region.

Contact: For further information please contact by email: PR@rasiagroup.com.
Rasia FZE, Emirates Towers, Level 41, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box
3130. +971-(0)56-694-6722
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