MEGA DEVELOPMENT: Tunnel Connecting the USA and Russia – The tunnel under the Bering Strait is a proposed rail tunnel under the Bering Strait, since the nineteenth century.
In 1890, William Gilpin, who was governor of the first region of Colorado, was the first to present the project Railways Cosmopolitan, railway networks on a global scale, in his book Cosmopolitan Railway: Putting it Together All Continents World since Alaska was taken over by the Americans in 1867 of the USSR.
In 1905, a French engineer Loic Lebel suggested the Government of the Russian Empire to build a rail tunnel under the Bering Strait.
Since 1960, the former governor of Alaska and former US Secretary of the Interior Walter Hickel is a major supporter of this project.
Project of the global network was introduced back in 2006 as part of the Trans Global Highway by Frank X. Didik.
A note about the economic feasibility is being considered by the Council for the Study of Productive Forces (CEFP) of Russia, sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The tunnel will have a length of 100 to 110 kilometers (twice the Channel Tunnel) and connect around Ouelen (Chukchi peninsula in Russia) and Wales (Alaska, USA). The project development takes between 15 and 20 years old. According to estimates made in the 1990s, the project would cost $ 65 billion (48 billion euros), plans to build a total of 6000 km of tracks.
Supporters of the project argue that it would allow the development of the region and that the tunnel will be built also home to plumbing and electrical wiring.
According CEFP, the return of capital will be 30 years in the future, the results of which are expected at 70 million tons per year, which is comparable with the goods of the Panama Canal and Suez.
Indeed, according to the consortium, the tunnel was eventually should ensure the delivery of inter-comparable to the Panama or Suez canals as (approximately 70 million tonnes in 2006), or 3% of world traffic. General manager of UPS Russia, Ivan Chatskikh, said that this estimate is a “joke.”
Although at first glance such goals may seem unrealistic, it should be noted that the shortest path between the United States and China – the world’s leading exporter to the United States – through the Bering Strait.
This project is the focus of the conference “Mega Developments Eastern Russia” held in Moscow on 24 April 2007. It is chaired by Walter Hickel, former governor of Alaska. The participants signed a message to the government of Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, China and the European Union, asking them to support the construction of a tunnel under the Bering Strait. It also requests to G8 finance $ 128 million for the previous study.
At this conference, the engineer Vladimir Brezhnev, president Transtroï construction conglomerate Russia, said: “We have the experience to lead the project, even if we lose a lot of specialists during perestroika, then we’ll go,” while the former Alaska governor Walter Hickel provides: “Believe in In my experience, money is never a problem. “US Ambassador to Russia, William Burns, has expressed enthusiasm for the symbolic link between the two countries economically.