A consortium led by Bombardier has been awarded a $288m contract by Azerbaijan Railways to supply a signalling system for the international Kars-Baku transport corridor that connects Asia and Europe.
The contract, awarded to Bombardier’s consortium with Trans-Signal Rabita, is the largest signalling contract ever awarded in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. Bombardier Transportation’s share in the contract is $203m.
Under the project, Bombardier will provide its Interflo 200 mainline signalling system on the 503km Baku-Boyuk-Kesik section of the line as part of Azerbaijan’s programme to improve its transport infrastructure.
The contract involves the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the double-track line.
Bombardier Transportation rail control solutions president Peter Cedervall said: "This major signalling upgrade reflects our commitment to provide our state-of-the art technology to Azerbaijan and to continue to deliver our signalling solutions to the region through our well-established engineering and manufacturing joint ventures in Moscow."
The signalling system will deliver continuous automatic train protection (ATP) with the help of the high capacity EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) with R4 Central processors, fully integrated EBI Track train detection and axle counters, and EBI Screen central traffic control systems.
The system has been adapted for operation in the CIS region, including the ability to operate in AC or DC mode.
The system is planned to be commissioned in four phases, with final completion scheduled in 2017.
Bombardier Transportation (Signal) and BT RCS Russian engineering joint venture will deliver project delivery and engineering work.