The Russian Ministry of Defense will build a new naval base of the Caspian Fleet in the Republic of Dagestan, Russian news website RBC reported on May 30.
The 31rd State design institute of special construction will conduct design and exploration work, according to a contract signed on May 18, RBC reported.
Military Town 71 in Kaspiysk will be turned into a main homeport of the Caspian Fleet. The square of the base will be 129 ha. The construction of the base will be carried out in 2 stages. The first will start on July 11 and must be finished by February 14, 2020, according to the document.
Moorages will be constructed at the first stage; at the second – a complex of defensive hydro-technical utilities and waterfront infrastructure and dredging operations.
According to RBC, the worth of design and survey work will be more than 459 million rubles issued from the Armed Services Procurement. However, according to RBC sources from construction industry and close to the Russian Ministry of Defense, general building costs will be at least a few billion rubles.
On April 2, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu stated that the Caspian Fleet would be redeployed from Astrakhan to Kaspiysk for security reasons in the region.