BALFOUR BEATTY Rail Power Systems based in München has won a second electrification and signalling contract in China covering 619 km of double track between Tianjin and Shengyang in Liaoning province. In addition to supplying and erecting 25 kV 50Hz catenary, 11 feeder stations spaced at 50 km intervals are required.

Balfour Beatty says it has already completed the largest single electrification contract so far awarded in China covering the 950 km of double track between Harbin and Dalian.

A memorandum of understanding signed in Beijing on May 22 during a visit by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel provides for technical co-operation by Siemens in a project to build 500 electric locomotives at a cost of €1·2bn. They would be assembled by Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive works (p384).

Premier Wen Jiabao and Dr Merkel also signed an agreement under which Germany will assist China in developing high speed railways. n