IRIR/MoT – Iran to Armenia Railway – Iran - Project Profile

IRIR/MoT – Iran to Armenia Railway – Iran - Project Profile


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The Islamic Republic of Iran Railway (IRIR) and the Ministry of transportation, Armenia (MoT) are planning to undertake the Iran to Armenia Railway project.

The project involves the construction of a 470km railway between Iran and Armenia which comprises the construction of stations, viaducts, pedestrian ways and overpasses, and the installation of tracks, lighting and overhead sign structures.

The Armenia section project will include the construction of 305km railway line comprising of 84 bridges spanning 19.6km and 60 tunnels of length 102.3km, comprising 40% of the total project length. This section will cost US$3,200 million.

In 2012, Rasia FZE was granted a 50-year concession contract to design, build, finance, operate and manage the 305km section to be named as Southern Armenian Railway (SAR).

The technical-economic basis for the construction of the Iran to Armenia railway has already been completed.

On October 21, 2008, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded US$1.5 million for feasibility studies of the project.

In January 2013, a tripartite memorandum was signed between MoT Armenia, Rasia FZE, and Southern Caucuses Railway, a subsidiary of Russian Railways.

In 2013, Rasia FZE contracted the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to conduct a feasibility study and recommend a cost-effective route for Armenia section.

In August 2014, the Armenian government approved a provisional program for the construction of SAR section. While Chinese banks have expressed willingness to finance 60% of the overall project. The project was delayed in 2015, as it failed to back required funds.

IRIR is still in the process of finalizing the economic feasibilities for the development of the project.

IRIR is in the negotiations with the partner company Rasiya FZE, who has postponed the project development for an indefinite period of time and is expected to liquidate the company. Simultaneously, the developers are in the process of raising funds.


The project involves the construction of a 470km railway line from Iran to Armenia.

The US$3,200 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of stations

2. Construction of viaducts

3. Construction of pedestrian ways

4. Construction of overpasses

5. Construction of 84 bridges spanning 19.6km

6. Construction of 60 tunnels of length 102.3km

7. Installation of tracks

8. Installation of lighting

9. Installation of overhead sign structures

10.Installation of elevators, safety and security systems

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