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October 29, 2014

Alstom and Indra to provide safety and security systems for Spanish railway

Spanish railway infrastructure authority Adif has awarded a €36m contract to a consortium consisting of Alstom and Indra for the delivery of safety and security systems for 12 tunnels of the new Madrid-Asturias high-speed rail line.

By Samseer M

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Spanish railway infrastructure authority Adif has awarded a €36m contract to a consortium consisting of Alstom and Indra for the delivery of safety and security systems for 12 tunnels of the new Madrid-Asturias high-speed rail line.

Under the contract, Alstom will deliver the civil and security systems for the tunnels, including ventilation and fire fighting systems, fire doors, emergency radio and gas detection.

The company will also offer the power supply for the entire system and also connect the system into the customer’s SCADA remote-control system.

Alstom Spain systems and infrastructures managing director Carlos Ortega said: "Alstom’s teams have 15 years of experience in similar projects on the Spanish rail network.

"Alstom’s teams have 15 years of experience in similar projects on the Spanish rail network."

"Specifically, Alstom has already equipped and maintained electromechanical installations in the 32 tunnels associated with the Ourense-Santiago high-speed line and the four tunnels on the Madrid-Valladolid high-speed line, including the Guadarrama tunnel, the longest in Spain."

Having a share of €15m in the contract, Alstom will be responsible for the predictive and corrective maintenance, as well as management, administration and control of the system for a period of two years.

Including the 25km-long Pajares bypass tunnel, the 44km section includes 12 tunnels and links municipalities of La Robla in León and Pola de Lena in Asturias.

Being the second longest tunnel in Spain, the Pajares tunnel allows trains to cross the Cantabrian Mountains at high speeds.

Within the consortium, Indra and Alstom España hold a stake of 52.25% and 42.75% respectively, while the third partner Instalaciones Carlos Busto secures the remaining 5% share.


Image: Once the security systems are implemented, the trains will be able to offer a faster connection between Madrid and the north of Spain. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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