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25 September 2020, 12:19

Leningrad Oblast governor comments on Belarus' offer to build joint seaport

MINSK, 25 September (BelTA) – Governor of Russia's Leningrad Oblast Aleksandr Drozdenko commented to the media after his meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on Belarus' proposal to build a joint terminal in the seaport, BelTA has learned.

“Here it is very important to understand what kind of port it needs to be. Perhaps it needs to be a universal one, or for some specific cargoes. The price of the project will depend on it,” Aleksandr Drozdenko said.

In his words, three new terminals are currently under construction in the port of Ust-Luga in the Gulf of Finland: for universal cargo, mineral fertilizers and container cargo. “We just need to see: perhaps, it is possible to joint the construction of these terminals (they are open joint-stock companies) and thus reduce the cost of port cargo handling services,” the governor said.

The cost of a new terminal depending on its purpose may vary from RUB2.5 billion to RUB25 billion, Aleksandr Drozdenko said. “We need to understand what kind of the terminal we are mulling over,” he added.

Aleksandr Drozdenko stressed that Leningrad Oblast boasts a powerful port complex in the Gulf of Finland. In his words, the talks with the Belarusian president highlighted the development of favorable conditions for the transshipment of Belarusian cargoes. “It is clear that there is a need for attractive rail tariffs, stevedoring services to make transshipment of Belarusian cargoes via our port complexes cost-effective,” the governor said.

He said that earlier he had discussed these issues with representatives of the Ministry of Transport and the Russian Railways. “We talked about the need to work on this scheme together: the ministry, the Russian Railways, Leningrad Oblast, Belarus. I believe we will find a compromise here,” Aleksandr Drozdenko said.

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