ALGERIA: Siemens announced on December 2 that its ESTEL joint venture with national railway SNTF had been awarded a contract to supply signalling equipment for the double-tracking of the 90 km Beni Mansour – Bejaia route. Awarded by railway development agency ANESRIF, the contract is worth €95m to Siemens.

To support more frequent train services operating at up to 160 km/h, Siemens is to supply Trainguard 100 equipment for ETCS Level 1, as well as its Vicos operations control system, nine Simis W electronic interlockings, GSM-R and a RailCom Manager communications management system.

The contract also includes equipping an operations control centre in Bejaia, and training SNTF personnel on the new signalling and train control systems.