Estel to deliver signalling systems to Djelfa-Laghouat rail line in Algeria

12 September 2012 (Last Updated September 12th, 2012 18:30)

Estel, a joint venture between Siemens and Algerian national railway SNTF, has won a contract from railway agency ANESRIF to supply signalling and telecommunications systems for a new 108km rail line in Algeria between Djelfa and Laghouat.

Estel, a joint venture between Siemens and Algerian national railway SNTF, has won a contract from railway agency ANESRIF to supply signalling and telecommunications systems for a new 108km rail line in Algeria between Djelfa and Laghouat.

Siemens has a €69m share in the deal and will be responsible for the installation of its Trainguard 100 train protection system for European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1, Vicos automatic operations control system and six Simis W electronic interlockings on the line.

The new Djelfa-Laghouat rail line will have six stations and is scheduled to be opened in late 2015.

GSM-R digital mobile radio technology, Railcom Manager communications systems and new equipment for an operations control centre in Djelfa will also be installed by Siemens.

The company will also conduct staff training programmes to use the new technology.

Siemens' Trainguard for ETCS-Level 1 transmits drive and control commands electronically to the train computer via Eurobalises that will be displayed to the driver.

The permissible speed and status of the signals ahead of the driver are indicated through a display panel and, if the specified speed is exceeded, the train control system intervenes automatically.

ETCS also ensures interoperability between the train and the track when the train operates across borders.

In August 2012, Estel won a similar ETCS signalling and telecommunications contract for the 127km line from Mecheria to El Bayadh in Algeria.

The project is part of Algeria's five-year plan to invest $20bn by 2014 to modernise and expand its railway sector.

Under the modernisation plan, Siemens has already provided ETCS signalling systems for rail lines from Boughezoul to M'Sila and to Tissemsilt, as well as for the country's rail freight line between Senia and the port of Arzew.