Hollysys Automation Technologies (Hollysys) has won contracts worth $63.15m from MTR to design high-speed rail signalling systems for the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL).
As per the deal, Hollysys will design, supply and implement both the on-board and ground-based signalling equipment, including automatic train protection (ATP) systems, the train control centre (TCC), track circuit, and related services for the Hong Kong section of the XRL.
The 26km route connects the West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong and Huangguan in Shenzhen, with a design line speed of 200km/h.
For the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the company will also implement the ground-based high-speed rail signalling equipment and systems, lineside electronic unit (LEU), vital data network, interlocking system and centralised traffic control (CTC).
Hollysys chairman and CEO Changli Wang said, "This contract is of paramount importance as it is our first-ever international contract for our high-speed rail signalling system and marks a significant breakthrough and remarkable milestone achievement in steering our business to the next level in the global arena."
The line is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Its mainland section will run north for a further 116km to Guangzhou, with new stations at Futian, New Shenzhen (Longhua), Humen and Guangzhou South Railway Station.
The XRL will also connect with the 16,000km National High-Speed Railway Network and will improve Hong Kong's role as the southern gateway to the mainland.
MTR owns and runs the Hong Kong MTR metro system and also invests in railways in different parts of the world, including operating rapid-transit systems in London, Stockholm, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Melbourne.
Image: XRL connects West Kowloon in Hong Kong and Guangzhou through Shenzhen at a designed maximum operating speed of 200km/h. Photo: Alancrh