Ansaldo STS, a unit of Finmeccanica Group, has secured a €40m contract in Algeria and a €13m contract in France to install ERTMS signalling systems.
The company has secured a contract from a consortium of Italian civil engineering companies Condotte d’Acqua and Rizzani de Eccher for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of ERTMS signalling systems and related equipment on a new line in Algeria.
Ansaldo’s ERTMS system will be installed on the 130km under-construction line between Oued Tlélat and Tlemcen during the project, which is scheduled to take around two and a half years.
The project is part of a wider plan to develop infrastructure and modernise the railway networks around the country.
Work under the contract includes installation of ERTMS levels 1 and 2, and lineside signalling, as well as the construction of a traffic control centre in Oran and the installation of equipment on 15 trains.
The new mixed-traffic line for passenger and freight trains is being designed for operation at speeds of around 220kmph.
Ansaldo, along with Systra, has also secured a contract from Cofely Ineo, a unit of GDF Suez Group, to install an ERTMS Level 2 signalling system on the S.E.A High Speed Line connecting Tours and Bordeaux in France.
The €13m contract includes an option for a further €4.9m, and follows the contract awarded to Ansaldo STS in 2011 to deliver a complete signalling system on the high-speed line.
Under the contract, Ansaldo will be responsible for the design, supply, testing and commissioning of the complete ERTMS level 2, which will be overlaid on the traditional signalling system.
Following completion, the project is expected to provide safe and reliable commercial operations up to 320kmph along the 343km new line.
Image: Ansaldo will install the ERTMS level 2 signalling system on the S.E.A High Speed Line connecting Tours and Bordeaux in France. Photo: courtesy of RFF.