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Expansion of Middle Corridor Boosts Kazakhstan's Transport Capacities

Kazakhstan aims to enhance the throughput of the Middle Corridor by constructing terminals at the port of Kuryk. The completion of all terminals at the multifunctional maritime terminal “Sarzha” in the port of Kuryk, Kazakhstan, by 2030 is set to increase the capacity of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor) by 10 million tons annually.

Nurzhan Marabayev, the CEO of SEMURG INVEST LLP, shared this development during a session of the operational working group on the development of transborder hubs in the government.

As highlighted during the meeting, the new terminal capacities at the Kuryk port are now operational. In late September 2023, the first batch of cargo was received at the general cargo terminal of the multifunctional maritime terminal “Sarzha” in the Kuryk port of the Mangystau region. By the end of October, the departure of a metal-loaded ship weighing a total of 4,500 tons is planned.

The construction project of the MMT “Sarzha” at the Kuryk port has been led by the Kazakhstani company SEMURG INVEST for several years. All land works are completed, including the construction of access railway tracks, two berths, and the general cargo terminal.

The project includes the construction of several terminals (grain, general and bulk cargo, universal) and a transportation-logistics complex.

The Middle Corridor connects the container rail freight networks of China and the European Union through the countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, and Eastern Europe.

The multilateral multimodal transport infrastructure links ferry terminals of the Caspian and Black Seas with the railway systems of China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Poland.

The Middle Corridor contributes to the increase of cargo flow from China to Turkey and European countries, as well as in the reverse direction.

A route train traveling through this corridor delivers goods from China to Europe in an average of 20-25 days, showcasing one of the main advantages of this transport corridor.

  • Author: Gunel Musa

Public Relations Manager



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