ARGE Alptransit Energie, a consortium consisting of Rhomberg Bahntechnik and DB Bahnbau, was awarded the contract for the installation of the electrical infrastructure for the Brenner North Access Section. With the acceptance of this bid, Rhomberg Bahntechnik, which is part of the Rhomberg Bahntechnik Group, wins its third contract in the Lower Inn Valley.

The contract for the railway engineering basic infrastructure for the new Lower Inn Valley rail link is currently also underway. The new Stans tunnel works carrying the link to join the existing section were earlier successfully completed to the client’s full satisfaction and handed over to the ÖBB.

The award process started with the release of the tender documents by ÖBB-Infrastruktur in June 2009 and concluded with the official placing of the contract with the bidding consortium Rhomberg Bahntechnik and DB Bahnbau.

Rhomberg Bahntechnik is responsible for the engineering management, while DB Bahnbau takes on the commercial management of the €40m project. “We are delighted about this further success achieved by our infrastructure division, which reinforces the strategic orientation of our group as a provider of the full range of railway engineering and track services,” explains Dirk Diederich, projects division manager at Rhomberg.

Over the whole contract period from April 2010 to December 2012, ARGE Alptransit Energie will be providing the following:

  • Complete power supply system for the tunnel access section
  • Installation of 72 service buildings
  • 68km of illuminated handrail installed in the tunnel
  • Installation of 41km of tunnel safety lighting
  • Construction of 26 transformer stations
  • Cabling for electrical and telecommunications systems throughout the whole tunnel area
  • Installation of the telecommunications equipment in the tunnel and in the operations buildings, including 100km radio system cabling

The Brenner Tunnel access section in the Lower Inn Valley forms the northern connection of the high speed Berlin-Palermo rail axis to the future Brenner Base Tunnel. A joint Austro-Italian project, the Brenner Base Tunnel runs under the Brenner Pass and will be the world’s longest mixed passenger and freight tunnel.