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Green light for £60bn GBP Bering Strait tunnel 白令海峡隧道工程获批六百亿英镑

August 24, 2011

Bering Strait tunnel, Yakutsk, Russia

Monday 22 Aug 2011

Origin from WAN 原文来自WAN

翻译: George Lam

London to New York rail journey on horizon

伦敦至纽约的水平线上火车之旅

It was first mooted as long ago 1905 by Tsar Nicholas 11, but this week the Kremlin finally gave the green light for a 65 mile (106 km) tunnel linking Asia and North America, taking the epic project a step nearer reality.

此案早在1905年由Tsar Nicholas II提出,但直至本周克里姆林宫才最终给连接亚洲和北美洲的长65英里(106公里)的隧道开绿灯,使得这项壮举离实现又迈进了一部。

The conference in Yakutsk was hosted by Yegor Borisov the Governor and the project was ratified by President Medvedev’s top officials including Aleksander Levinthal the deputy federal representative for the Russian far East.

在雅库茨克由官员Yegor Borisov主持会议,该项目经由总统梅德韦杰夫的最高官员们批准,包括俄罗斯远东地区联合代表的代表人Aleksander Levinthal。

It’s been hailed as the greatest railway project of all time but admittedly, there are still a small few details outstanding such as funding to iron out but Russia is determined to pursue its claim to the huge fossil fuel and mineral wealth in the arctic and develop its trading ties with China. Experts forecast that the completed service could carry 3% of the world’s freight and earn £7billion GBP per year. Engineers have said the project could reach break-even in seven years.

此项目作为有史以来最大的铁路项目而被称颂。但是,不得不承认还有些许突出的细节问题,如完成项目所需资金,但俄罗斯决定贯彻其关于在北极的大量化石燃料和矿物财产的声明,同时发展其与中国的贸易关系。专家预测完成项目后可以带来全球3%的货运和每年70亿的盈利。工程师表示该项目可在七年内达至收支平衡。

A 500 mile, £900m GBP link from the Trans-Siberian railway to Yakutsk is already in construction and will be completed in 2013, nudging towards the Russian goal of a further 2360 miles by 2030. This will provide strategic links from the mineral rich territory in the north to key freight lines in Russia and China.

500英里长,耗资9亿英镑,连接西伯利亚铁路和雅库茨克的工程已经在建设,将于2013年完工,渐渐往俄罗斯2030年的目标2360英里推进。这将提供从矿物质丰富的北方领地到中俄关键货运线路的策略性连接。

Michael Hammond  迈克尔·哈蒙德

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