National Award ROSINFRA
On February 27, 2017, ROSINFRA National Award ceremony was held in the framework of the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi. Creation of Bovanenkovo — Sabetta non-public railway line was recognized the winner in "Best PPP project in the transport sector" nomination. VIS CG is implementing the project together with the Government of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.
ROSINFRA National Award was established in 2013 with the aim of identifying key trends of infrastructure development in the Russian Federation. This is the only award in the field of infrastructure development and PPP in Russia. For the first time the ceremony was held in the framework of the Russian Investment Forum. The representatives of the State Duma and the Federation Council, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Construction and Ministry of Health of Russia and heads of leading financial institutions and public organizations were members of the jury.
Deputy Chairman of Russian Government Arkady Dvorkovich, who delivered a greeting to the participants from the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, opened the ceremony. In his welcoming speech, the Prime Minister stressed: "Today the PPP is one of the most promising mechanisms for improving public infrastructure and contributing to the development of health and education, culture and sports and other socially important spheres. A characteristic feature of PPP is simultaneous achievement of commercial, budgetary and socio-economic efficiency. And the main result is improving the quality of life of people".
The Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov presented diplomas and ROSINFRA statuette to the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District Governor Dmitry Kobylkin and VIS CG CEO Igor Snegurov. He noted the special role of the project to create Bovanenkovo — Sabetta railway line in conjunction with the construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway and emphasized the role of the investor: "I want to congratulate VIS Group, because a responsible investor in a public-private partnership project is very important. The Ministry of transport will support all the projects implemented in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District".
Dmitry Kobylkin thanked the President and the Government for the support of the project: "Without state support we hardly were able to realize this project." VIS CG head Igor Snegurov noted the important role of public partner – the leadership of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District: "Highly professional work of Dmitry Kobylkin’s team has led to the successful formation of the project and its support at federal level. Bovanenkovo – Sabetta railway line is part of one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects of Russia – the creation of the Northern Latitudinal Railway. It is encouraging that strategically important project is implemented by state jointly with business. This is the best demonstration that public-private partnership proved its efficiency and necessity."
Bovanenkovo – Sabetta railway line will be the final output link of the Northern Latitudinal Railway to the Northern Sea Route. Its length will be over 170 km; railway construction is scheduled for completion in 2022. VIS CG is implementing this project at the expense of own and borrowed funds. A PPP agreement, signed with the Government of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, includes technical and commercial operation of existing transport infrastructure by private partner. At the end of this period, in 2036, the railway line will be donated to the District.
ROSINFRA is an award of national significance, recognized by leading experts. The organizer of the award is the PPP Development Center with the support of "Delovaya Rossiya" public organization, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and Agency for Strategic Initiatives. In 2016, over 100 applications from 32 subjects of the Russian Federation were received.