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ICL – World Link Project gains significant backing
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ICL – World Link Project gains significant backing at the Arctic Energy Summit
Russian and American partners in the ICL-World Link Project shared information on Alaska native people` support for Russia-America tunnel with Honorable Walter Hickel, former Governor of Alaska, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Dan Sullivan
17 October 2007, Anchorage, Alaska. The project for building the transcontinental multimodal transport corridorICL-World Link with tunnel across the Bering Strait, is widely discussed within the framework of the Arctic Energy Summit, 15-18 October, Anchorage, Alaska. George Koumal, President and Chairman of the board of IBSTRG, the international operator of the ICL–World Link Project, and Alexander Sergeyev, Member of the Management Board of JSC “RusHydro” (formerly GidroOGK), one of largest hydro energy producers in the world, which is planning to build hydro and tidal powerplants in the Russian zone of ICL-World Link, made presentations on a different aspects of the Project. In particular, Alexander Sergeyev stressed that Alaska as well as Far East of Russia has a great potential for hydro- and tidal power generation which could provide energy for ICL-World Link construction in the area. The participants of the Arctic Energy Summit applauded the reports.    `
In the run-up to the summit, the managers of the IBSTRG met with the Honorable Walter Hickel, former Governor of Alaska, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Dan Sullivan. The high-placed US officials have shown deep interest in the Project, underscoring its economic and humanitarian advantages and its importance for the development of the Arctic and northern regions of USA and Russia. Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, in a letter, also expressed her support for the ICL-World Link.
On the same day, IBSTRG initiated public discussion regarding the ICL-World Link involving the residents and the administration of Village Wales on the shore of the Bering Strait as well as the representatives of Alaska Native Corporation which owns land in the vicinity of the prospective Bering Strait Tunnel enter and exit points.
The native people have supported the idea of creating the Bering Strait tunnel, which will contribute to the region’s economic growth and create more workplaces. They have asked to minimize possible damage related to the Project which should be one of the aspects of the Project`s feasibility study. Upon the discussions IBSTRG and RusHydro met with Denise Michels, mayor of Nome, the administrative center and a nub closest to the future transport corridor, who also backed the Project.
On 14 October a joint American-Russian ICL-World Link team which included George Koumal and Joseph Henri of IBSTRG, Alexander Sergeyev of RusHydro, members of the Alaskan government, a group of technical experts and a number of prospective investors in the Project conducted aerial monitoring of the part of Alaska where the Link is going to be built, including the Bering Strait. In the course of this mission, ground and water samples were taken. A preliminary study showed that the terrain was perfectly suitable for construction of a tunnel and a railroad. The altitudes in the area of the presumed tunnel exit do not exceed 100 meters, which, even considering global warming effects such as the raising of the global sea level by 80 meters are not going to damage the corridor.
On October 15, within the framework of the first working day of the Arctic Energy Summit, a news briefing on the ICL-World Link Project was held. The speakers were George Koumal of IBSTRG, Evgeny Velikhov, academician, President of the Kurchatov Institute Research Center, Alexander Sergeyev, of “RusHydro” and Lev Shtilman, advisor to Chairman of the Chukotka Government. All speakers have no doubt that the ICL-World Link Project has made a major step ahead in 2007 with the most significant impetus coming from “Megaprojects of the Russian East” Conference dedicated to the Intercontinental Link Eurasia-America via the Bering Strait. A host of organizations, companies and individuals from all over the world have landed a hand to the Project.   
Speakers expressed their gratitude to the Russian government and the Russian companies which are already implementing the ICL-World Link project in Russia. In September, 2007, the Russian government approved a strategy for development of Russian railroads for the period ending in 2030. The main elements of this strategy include construction of rail links:
1.      Berkakit (on the Baikal-Amur Railroad) – Tommot – Yakutsk;
2.      Nizhny Betyakh (Yakutia) – Moma – Magadan;
3.      Mainland Russia - Sakhalin with a tunnel underneath the Tatar Strait.
Also in the pipeline are several hydro and tidal power plants which will provide the links and other industrial facilities with energy.
The main messages of the news briefing:
·        From the ecological point of view, hydro-power plants, and, down the road, tidal plants, are the ideal sources of energy for building the ICL-World Link in Alaska. The speakers decided to appeal to Albert Gore, who recently won the Nobel Prize for his contribution to the battle against global warming for help in promoting construction of a hydro-power plant on the Susitna River in Alaska and, possibly, other plants; 
·        ILF Consulting Engineers Company has offered to conduct a review of a geological research of the prospective areas of the route and the Bering tunnel from 10 years ago. ILF designed the Eurotunnel. The results will be included in the business plan to be presented to investors in Washington, London, Tokio, Seoul, Toronto, Beijng, Dubai and Moscow in the next four months;
·        To mark the 200th anniversary of the establishing of diplomatic relations between Russia and the USA the appeal will be passed to the governments of the Russian Federation and the USA to boost cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economic sphere. The board of directors of IBSTRG believes that ICL –World Link could give the world more stability than ABM;
·        Evgeny Velikhov spoke about a project to construct a floating nuclearpowerplant which would be the provider of electricity to ICL-World Link;
·        IBSTRG plans to hold a board meeting in Washington, DC, in November at which new members are going to be elected to the board, which would help even out its structure. IBSTRG also intends to approve a plan for research within the framework of the Project and discuss the possibility of turning the venture into a public company. IBSTRG will present the Project to investors and public figures in Washington, Tokio and Seoul in November, in London in December and in Moscow in February.
The international non-profit organization "Interhemispheric Bering Strait Tunnel and Railroad Group" (IBSTRG) was founded in 1991 in Washington, D.C. Its registered name in Russia is "Intercontinental".
IBSTRG is the initiator and coordinator of the international research program for the project "Intercontinental Link Eurasia – America via the Bering Strait."
Acting as co-founders on the American side are over 20 organizations of various legal statuses, including the State of Alaska, the Association of American Railroads and a number of other companies.
Russia is represented by the Russian Engineering Academy, The Economics Ministry and Academy of Sciences Industrial Research Institute (SOPS), the "Fundament" association and the company "Gidroproyekt". The Russian representative office of the IBSTRG is registered with the Committee on Foreign Investments.
George Koumal, of the USA, is President of the IBSTRG;
V.N. Razbegin of Russia is Vice President of the IBSTRG
For any additional information please contact the IBSTRG press service at +7(495) 788-4407, Andrei Podderegin, Dmitry Mashin;  podderegin@314r.com, mashin@314r.com
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