TURKEY: The Avrasya Metro Grubu joint venture has awarded Thales a €36m contract to supply SelTrac CBTC signalling, communications and control systems for Istanbul's Kadikoy - Kartal metro project.

The AMG consortium of Astaldi, Makyol and Gülermak has a turnkey contract to build the 21·7 km 16-station metro on the city's Asian side, as part of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's plans to alleviate growing traffic congestion.

Thales has already installed SelTrac CBTC on the Ankara metro, but this is the company's first order from Turkey for integrated security and communications equipment. The contract, which includes an operation control centre to manage the security and SCADA networks, is to be completed by March 2011.

'Turkey is a key country for Thales', said Senior Vice-President Olivier Houssin. 'This is why we established a Thales office in Ankara in 2009, enabling us to support our growth in this country and to manage efficiently our ongoing urban rail and main line projects.'