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Siemens upgrades railway line in northern Algeria for double-track operation


The rail automation specialist ESTEL RA, a joint venture of the Algerian national company for rail transport SNTF (Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires) and Siemens, has been awarded an order to deliver rail signaling and operations control equipment for upgrading the line between Beni Mansour and Bejaia for double-track operation. For Siemens, the order is worth about 95 million euros. The customer is the Algerian railway agency ANESRIF (Agence nationale d'études et de suivi de la réalisation des investissements ferroviaires).

Siemens will equip a line section that runs 90 kilometers through the Atlas mountains and serves nine stations with its Trainguard 100 train protection system for ETCS (European Train Control System) Level 1 operation, its Vicos automatic operations control system, as well as with nine Simis W-type electronic interlockings, GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communication Railways) digital mobile radio technology, and the RailCom Manager (RCM) communications management system. The contract also includes equipment for an operations control center in Bejaia and programs for training personnel how to use this new technology.

The Algerian railway network covers a total of about 3,800 track kilometers. As part of the nation's five-year plan, a further 6,600 kilometers are to be added to the existing network by 2015 and another 500 kilometers upgraded for double-track operation. This double-track upgrade will enable the overall maximum speed to be raised to 160 km/h. In addition to cutting journey time between the two cities, the upgrade will also increase the frequency of trains on this commuter route.

Siemens has already provided ETCS signaling systems for the mainline railway links from Djelfa to Laghouat, from Boughezoul to M'Sila and to Tissemsilt, and from Mecheria to El Bayadh, as well as for Algeria's all-important rail freight line between Senia and the Port of Arzew. In the mass transit sector, Siemens delivered the entire Line 1 of the Algiers Metro as a turnkey system in 2006. This line, which is being extended to total length of about 15 kilometers, is also currently being equipped with signaling systems from Siemens.

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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 357,000 employees worldwide.

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Reference Number: PR2014120073MOEN


Ms. Katharina Ebert
Mobility Division
Siemens AG

Otto-Hahn-Ring 6

81739 Munich


Tel: +49 (89) 636-636802




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