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02 February 2023, 11:44

Belarus, Russia's Nizhny Novgorod to expand cooperation in electric transport

MINSK, 2 February (BelTA) - Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia plan to expand cooperation in electric transport, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said after a meeting with Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Gleb Nikitin, BelTA has learned.

According to the Belarusian head of government, the production of electric transport, that is streetcars, is a very important joint project. “This is actually a program that should be implemented. We have agreed to increase the depth of localization; we have a clear scheme on how the competences will be developed in Nizhny Novgorod,” said Roman Golovchenko. The name of the streetcars is MiNiN, which means Minsk plus Nizhny Novgorod.”

Roman Golovchenko
Roman Golovchenko

There is breakthrough in other areas of electric transport as well. “We are very serious about expanding cooperation in electric transport and are looking forward to extend it not only to streetcars, but also to other types of transport, depending on what the city or the region chooses. These can be electric buses or autonomous trolleybuses. All this will be done in cooperation, of course. We need to develop the product in a 50/50 proportion,” the prime minister said.

A Russian-Belarusian joint venture for the production of streetcars was opened in Vorsma, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, on 3 December 2022. The new production was launched by Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Krutoi, Belarusian Industry Minister Aleksandr Rogozhnik, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Governor Gleb Nikitin, and Russian Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Albert Karimov.

Gleb Nikitin
Gleb Nikitin

The joint venture Nizhekotrans, co-founded by BKM (Belarus), was registered in September 2022. The company has been established to ensure localization of streetcar production for the needs of Nizhny Novgorod in accordance with the agreements reached earlier between the government of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and BKM.

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