Finmeccanica subsidiary Ansaldo has won contracts worth €120m to deliver signalling systems in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
In Turkey, the company has entered into an agreement with the Italian-Turkish joint venture, Salini-GCF-Kolin, to supply rail signalling, automation and telecommunications systems for the Gebze-Kosekoy section of the high-speed rail line between Ankara and Istanbul. The company will fit the new line with its European ERTMS/ETCS level 1 signalling system and it is scheduled to start operating in 2014.
In addition, in partnership with Korea-based Hyundai-Rotem, Ansaldo will also provide onboard signalling systems for 80 locomotives that will be owned by Turkish state rail operator TCDD from the Korean firm.
Ansaldo stated that the systems will confirm with ERTMS/ETCS level 1 standards and will be delivered by 2013.
In the UAE, Ansaldo has secured a contract from the Italian-Indian joint venture Saipem-Tecnimont-Dodsal to deliver signalling for the first phase of the region’s nationwide railway project. Ansaldo won the contract from the joint venture on behalf of UAE rail operator Etihad Rail.
Shah-Habshan-Ruwais line, a 266km line from the port of Ruwais to the Shah gas field, will be equipped with ERTM/ETCS level 2 European standard signalling equipment.
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The contract covers the delivery of signalling, automation and telecommunications systems, as well as other smaller systems for the management and control of passenger and freight traffic.
The signalling works are scheduled to be complete in 36 months and will be carried out in two phases, with the first after 24 months and the second after another 12 months.
The first phase of the railway network will be built between Al Ruwais and Shah; a link between Ruwais and Habshan will be completed by 2013, with Habshan and Shah by 2014.