Project Details
Rail Trade and Transport Facilitation Project (East-West main line)
Summary:The project involves
  • rehabilitating the East–West Main Line, including about 240 kilometers of mainline track, signaling, and power supply rehabilitation;
  • procuring new 25-kilovolt (kV) mainline electric locomotives;
  • modernizing the Azerbaijan Railway (ADDY), including implementation of a computerized accounting system, provision of technical services and training to ADDY and the Ministry of Transport, and provision of equipment to improve oil spill prevention and response capacity; and
  • providing training and services to the project implementing unit and equipment for project implementation.
Expected Outcome:The project will improve railway services in Azerbaijan, including the competitiveness, financial sustainability, operating and cost efficiency, and capacity of Azerbaijan Railway, in particular along the east–west transport corridor toward Georgia.
Expected Outputs:
  • Rehabilitated East–West Main Line;
  • procured 25 kV mainline electric locomotives;
  • modernized Azerbaijan Railway (ADDY); and
  • an efficient, capable project implementing unit.
Date Approved:2008
Expected Completion:2017
Funding Type:Loan
Funding Amount:World Bank: $450 million
Government of Azerbaijan: $345 million
Links/Documents:World Bank Project Page
Project Information Document
Project Appraisal Document
Project Paper
Loan Agreement between the World Bank and Azerbaijan
Project Agreement between the World Bank and Azerbaijan Railways