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SELEX Communications awarded GSM-R contract worth Euro 45 million

Posted: 3 September 2010 | | No comments yet

A consortium including SELEX Communications has been awarded a contract for Libya’s Sirth-Benghazi railway line.

A consortium including SELEX Communications has been awarded a contract for Libya's Sirth-Benghazi railway line.

The consortium comprising Ansaldo STS and SELEX Communications, Finmeccanica companies and Zarubezhstroytechnology, a subsidiary of Russian Railways JSC RZD, have signed a contract worth a total of about Euro 247 million to build signaling, automation, telecommunications, power supply, security and ticketing systems on the Sirth to Benghazi line in Libya. The shares of competences are approximately 202 millions to Ansaldo STS, and around 45 millions to SELEX Communications as The activities to be undertaken are expected to take approximately three years.

The contract, awarded following an international tender which featured the main competitors of both Ansaldo STS and SELEX Communications, was organized by Russian Railways as main contractor responsible to Libyan Railways for all works on the 550 km Sirth-Benghazi line (civil works, fit-out and technologies).

SELEX Communications will supply a turn-key telecommunications system based on GSM-R, SDH transport network, fiber optic backbone and VoIP and Wi-Fi telecoms network in the stations sub-systems, and will be responsible for design, installation, commissioning, training and maintenance activities and services.

This contract follows the one already signed in July 2009 by Ansaldo STS with the Libyan Railways for the building of signaling, telecommunications and power supply systems in relation with the coast railways of Ras Ajdir – Sirt and the north-south line of Al-Hisha – Sabha, for a total of 1.450 km of railway lines. In that occasion, the role of SELEX Communications was to supply to Ansaldo STS a turn-key telecommunication system based on the design, supply and installation of a GSM-R network, transmission products and SDH access, of an optical fiber backbone, of a telephone system and related services.

This new success strengthens the position of Finmeccanica in both the Russian and Libyan markets, as more important prospects are created for the sector of high-speed trains and for the European-Asian railways corridors, and demonstrates the important synergies that exhists among the Group’s Companies in the sector of ERTMS/ETCS systems and the competitive capabilities of SELEX Communications in a market that is strongly growing.

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