Siemens, as part of a consortium including Algeria’s national rail operator SNTF, has been awarded a contract to supply and install signalling and telecommunication systems for two new railway lines being built in Algeria.

The new lines will run from Boughezoul to M’Sila and Tissemsilt and the contract for Siemens is worth €132 million.

The contract was awarded by ANSERIF, Algeria’s railway agency.

Equipped with the European Train Control System ETCS Level 1, 16 electronic interlockings are scheduled for completion before the end of 2014.

The project is part of a five-year plan that is aiming to economically revitalize the railway sector in Algeria and which envisages investments of around 20 billion US dollars up to the year 2014.

The new railway line, running approximately 290 kilometers through the country’s High Plateaus (‘Hauts Plateaux’) will be equipped with the Trainguard 100 train control system, the Vicos automatic operations control system and electronic interlockings from Siemens Mobility.

Following commissioning of this east-west line and its 16 stations, the Algerian railway operator plans to run trains at a top speed of 160 km/h.

The central junction on the line will be the station in the ‘New Town’ called Boughezoul, which is being erected a good 200 kilometers south of the capital Algiers.

“New Town” is an Algerian government project and part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Boughezoul is purely a drawing-board city that has been designed to produce minimum CO2 emissions.

Its electricity and hot water will be generated by means of solar energy systems, while the architectural structures will be carbon neutral.

The environmental concept adopted by the urban planners focuses on the creation of living space that does not rely on the consumption of fossil resources.

It also safeguards the mobility of the inhabitants in all directions and the supply of goods to the new town by means of environmentally compatible passenger and rail freight services.