Ansaldo and Kapsch win MENA GSMR and ETCS signalling contracts

After a fairly quiet month in terms of signalling news, Ansaldo and Kapsch have won signalling and GSM-R contracts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Our friends at International Railway Journal report that Kapsch Carriercom has won the deal to install GSM-R on Saudi Arabia’s 450km Haramain line between Mecca, Jeddah and Medina. The value of the contract is undisclosed but Kapsch is set to install a fourfold system so that if any three base stations in an area fail the fourth will continue to allow traffic to run. The European Train Control System (ETCS) on the route itself is being supplied by Siemens following its recent acquisition of Invensys Rail.

Meanwhile, in Algeria, Ansaldo Systems is to supply ETCS signalling on the 130km railway being built between Oued Tielat and Tlemcen. With an expected linespeed of 220km/h, the mixed traffic railway – being built by an Italian consortium – is expected to take 30 months to build.

And finally, Siemens is acquiring Sky Eye Transportation Systems and SONA BLW Prazisionsschmiede GmbH as it develops its rail automation business. Sky Eye develops planning and dispatch software and will be integrated into Siemens’ Rail IT operation. SONA BLW makes hydraulic retarders and control systems for freight operations, and will form part of the new Freight & Products Business Segment at Siemens Rail Automation.


Invensys Rail receives Royal visit

HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Meshal Al Saud (centre) meets Invensys Rail Regional Director Middle East, North Africa and Turkey Ala Ghanem (right) and Invensys Rail Dimetronic Export Area Manager Oscar Martinez Marchante (left) at InnoTrans in Berlin on September 18 2012. Credit: Paul Bigland.

Invensys Rail received a special and prestigious royal visit on the on the opening day of InnoTrans in Berlin on September 18 2012. His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Meshal Al Saud met representatives of Invensys Rail on their stand and was give a personal demonstration of the company’s European Rail Traffic Management System equipment, which is being installed on the Haramain high-speed rail project between Makkah and Madinah.