Monday, June 25, 2018

Yekaterinburg declines to purchase escalator equipment from St. Petersburg company

Sergei Schwindt, the first deputy head of the administration of Yekaterinburg, met with ELES, the company in charge of providing the city's metro services with escalators, this week.

The St. Petersburg plant holds a virtual monopoly on metro escalator production and installation, leading to difficulties in supply for stations in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Yekaterinburg. The Chkalov station was postponed for more than six months due to the company's delay in escalator equipment production, Mir66 reports.

With preparations for the construction of a second line in Yekaterinburg under way, municipal authorities are considering other options so as to not experience another delay as they did with the Chkalov station. The authorities are looking at foreign markets for such equipment.

Schwindt expressed concern at such an important branch of industry being monopolized, saying it compromises the country's market economy. He said that all underground construction sites are dependent on ELES and added that proposals from other companies will destroy the existing monopoly, Mir66 reports.