All Kazakhstan articles

  • Middle Corridor Multimodal Ltd JV (Photo KTZ)

    Middle Corridor joint venture to co-ordinate China – Europe rail freight


    INTERNATIONAL: The national railways of Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan have formed an equally-owned joint venture to develop multimodal services on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route between China and Europe. The agreement to create Middle Corridor Multimodal Ltd was signed at the Silk Road forum in Tblisi ...

  • Kazakhstan and CRRC presidents (Photo Kazakhstan President's office)

    CRRC signs Kazakhstan locomotive agreement


    KAZAKHSTAN: A US$1·3bn framework agreement for CRRC to supply national railway KTZ with up to 200 main line and shunting locomotives was announced after Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met the Chinese manufacturer’s President Sun Yongcai at the Third Belt & Road Forum in Beijing. The October ...

  • OTS forum

    Turkic states meet to promote Middle Corridor


    ASIA: The Organization of Turkic States is assessing the potential for increasing Eurasian rail freight traffic and boosting the Middle Corridor transit route.

  • Wabtec and President Tokayev

    Kazakh hydrogen loco co-operation


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ and Wabtec have signed a framework agreement for the production of hydrogen locomotives and the creation of an engineering centre at the LKZ loco factory in Astana. It was signed on September 17 when Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev discussed plans for the ...

  • Vollert DER 300 twin-section robot shunting machine at Bogatyr mine

    Robot shunting locomotives deployed at Kazakh coal mine


    KAZAKHSTAN: German shunting equipment specialist Vollert has supplied five twin-section DER 300 diesel-electric automated robots for moving 1 km long trains of up to 6 900 tonnes through loading equipment at the Bogatyr open-cast coal mine in Ekibastuz. As part of a programme to expand production ...

  • Astana LRT impression
    Metro Report International

    Chinese trains to operate Astana’s revived light metro line


    KAZAKHSTAN: Astana’s municipally-owned City Transportation Systems has selected CRRC Tangshan to supply rolling stock for its revived light rail transit project. Construction of the 20 km long double-track 1 520 mm gauge line with 18 stations, began in 2017. Supports for the elevated guideway were erected, ...

  • PSA and KTZ sign agreement

    Trans-Caspian International Transport Route joint venture formed


    ASIA: International port and freight terminal operator PSA International and Kazakhstan’s national railway KTZ have agreed to form a joint venture to develop services on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route from China and southeast Asia to Europe. Plans for the KPMC joint venture include the organisation ...

  • KTZ 3

    Wagon manufacturer enters passenger market


    KAZAKHSTAN: The passenger division of national railway KTZ has put into service the first batch of coaches supplied by Petropavlovsk-based wagon manufacturer Ziksto. The company has begun producing Type 61-4440 compartment and 300 Type 61-447 open saloon coaches to a design developed at Transmashholding’s Tver plant. An ...

  • Temirtau tramway (Photo Maxim Golbraykht)
    Metro Report International

    Temirtau tramway operations suspended


    KAZAKHSTAN: Services have been suspended on the 11 km single-route tramway owned and operated by steelmaker ArcelorMittal in the city of Temirtau.

  • The co-operation agreement was signed in Astara by Hytera Kazakhstan Country Manager Ivan Wang, KTZ Chief Engineer Batyr Kotyrev, and BT Signal Director B M Bayzakov.

    Communications joint venture formed


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has signed an agreement with Hytera Communications and BT Signal to develop a centre of competence for broadband railway communications systems. This is intended to help accelerate the introduction of future-proof communication systems to the Kazakh rail network. It will provide a ...

  • KTZ Alstom Prima KZ4AT passenger locomotive.

    Stadler signs Kazakh rolling stock contracts


    KAZAKHSTAN: Stadler has signed three contracts totalling €2·3bn to supply national railway KTZ with 537 coaches in 2023-30, provide full-service maintenance for 20 years and acquire a local production facility. The order includes 234 sleeping cars with 40 berths, 233 couchette cars with 58 seats, 35 ...


    Kazakh railway signs battery and LNG loco MoU


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ and Wabtec have signed a memorandum of understanding for the production of 150 FLXdrive battery-electric shunting locomotives and the conversion of main line diesel locos to NextFuel liquid natural gas-power. Wabtec is to undertake the work at the LKZ facility in Nur ...

  • TE33A locomotive operated by Kazakhstan's national railway KTZ.

    Chevron considers exporting Kazakh oil by rail


    KAZAKHSTAN: US oil giant Chevron is considering restarting rail export of crude from its Tengiz oil field. Speaking at the Barclays CEO-Energy Power Conference on September 7, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth said continuing problems with exports via the CPC pipeline through Russia to the Black Sea ...

  • Train in Uzbekistan

    Six policy reforms to strengthen railways in Central Asia


    ASIA: An Asian Development Bank assessment of the state of railways in the 11 countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Programme has set out six reforms that ADB believes are needed to make rail more efficient and financially sustainable. The CAREC area covers Afghanistan, ...

  • Öskemen cityscape (Photo: Andriej Szypiłow/CC BY-SA 3.0)
    Metro Report International

    Öskemen orders Belarusian trams


    KAZAKHSTAN: Sole bidder BKM Holding of Belarus has been awarded a contract to supply trams to Öskemen. The order covers four partly low-floor AKSM-62103 four-axle vehicles costing 182·5m tenge each, with delivery scheduled by December 6. The manufacturer said the vehicles would be built to a ...

  • KTZ container train

    EBRD invests in Middle Corridor transit freight route


    KAZAKHSTAN: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is investing up to 50bn tenge to support national railway KTZ in the implementation of crisis response measures to cope with the after-effects of the pandemic and ‘ongoing geopolitical turmoil’. Measures include the reorganisation of transit freight operations ...

  • LTG Cargo loco

    LTG Cargo signs Kazakh co-operation agreements


    INTERNATIONAL: The Lithuanian national railway’s freight business LTG Cargo has signed its first co-operation agreements in Kazakhstan, as part of its strategy of expanding, diversifying and developing routes between Asia and Europe which avoid Russia. A co-operation agreement with the KTZ Express intermodal subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s ...

  • Kazakhstan container terminal (Photo PTC Holding) (1)

    Freight shippers call for rail reforms to encourage containerisation in Kazakhstan


    KAZAKHSTAN: Freight forwarders, operators and wagon owners have called for reforms to facilitate the increased use of containers for domestic and international rail freight traffic. Following a recent rail industry meeting held in Almaty, logistics group PTC Holding said containerisation is a global trend, but is ...

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    Metro Report International

    Almaty metro extension opens


    KAZAKHSTAN: A 3·1 km southwestern extension of the Almaty metro from Moskva to Bauyrzhan Momyshuly opened May 30, adding two stations and taking the line to 13·4 km. The extension is expected to increase ridership on the city’s single metro line from 45 000 to 85 ...

  • Dostyk TransTerminal (4)

    Transhipment capacity doubles at Kazakh border rail terminal


    KAZAKHSTAN: The second stage of the Dostyk TransTerminal container terminal at the break-of-gauge on Kazakhstan’s border with China has opened, doubling capacity.