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Qingdao Eurasian freight train opens special services for PV project

(chinadaily.com.cn) | 2021-02-07

The first train on the "Jiaozhou - Tashkent - Navoi" route departed from Qingdao, Shandong province for Eurasia on Feb 4.

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The first freight train on the "Jiaozhou - Tashkent - Navoi" route departs from Qingdao, Shandong province on Feb 4. [Photo/guanhai.com.cn]

This marked the operation of the first special train for export goods of contracted projects in Shandong province. The train was loaded with 110 twenty-foot container equivalent units (TEUs) containing items such as photovoltaic modules and inverters worth $4.02 million.

The equipment will be used in the 100MW PV power station project in Navoi, Uzbekistan, which is the first IPP power project under the Uzbek government's new energy plans undertaken by the SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co.

According to the company, Jiaozhou customs has offered professional guidance and affordable transportation fees.

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A railway worker watches the Eurasian freight train as it leaves the station in Qingdao, Shandong province. [Photo/guanhai.com.cn]

The train is expected to arrive in Navoi 12 days later.

The freight line will play a vital role in supporting the infrastructure construction in countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to Jiaozhou customs, which noted that the line has also contributed greatly to maintaining the stability of the supply and industrial chain of foreign trade amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Official statistics show that there were 982 freight train trips between Qingdao and Eurasia in 2020, a 43.8 percent year-on-year increase.