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    Algerian railways



    The minister of Transport, Mohamed Maghlaoui, refused yesterday to unveil the opening date of the new airport; he just said that it would be this summer. The minister stated, when visiting his sector’s projects in Algiers, that the electric railway would be launched in 2008. Some 460 passengers will be transported every seven minutes, from Algiers towards two different destinations, namely Thenea and El Afroun, explained Maghlaoui.

    In the same context, Maghlaoui visited the workings as regards the construction of a three-way bridge, for cars, trains and electric railroads. Five other bridges are also planned for electric railways, to be built alongside the Algiers-Blida line.

    As far as the Tramway project is concerned, the minister of Transport said the works launching date has not been determined yet, so the time the project would take would depend on the contract to be signed with the concerned company. The latter will be known soon, says the minister who adds that the first construction site in relation to the Tramway project will be on the level of Bordj El Kiffan, Algiers.

    The visitation of Maghlaoui in Algiers was an opportunity for the minister to get informed about the conditions of passenger reception for those coming from abroad at the marine terminal of Algiers seaport. The terminal’s supervisors underlines that 400 passengers towards Algiers are expected, adding that an average of 200 cars are arriving daily.

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    Modernization of railway network: 5 bids for high speed train lines



    International groups presented yesterday five principal bids for the realization of high speed railway lines, which comes under the framework of the modernization of transport, according to the Regional manager of basic structures of the National Company of Rail-bound Transport, Mr. Ali Lâalmi.

    During an international meeting organized at the El Aurassi hotel by the SNTF around the topic “the safety of the railroads”, the Central Director indicated that there are two groups of lines, the first reaches 750 kilometres and the second connects Touggourt and Hassi Messaoud. Concerning the groups whose invitations to tender were announced in July of last year, the technical bid envelopes were opened last January and Lâalmi indicated that the company was studying the technical bids which were chosen of the six selected initially. These are from the Italian complex Franco “Astaldi”, which is interested in the line connecting Bordj Bouarrierdj to Khemis Meliana, and as regards the line connecting Boumedfâa to Djelfa, three bids were received from the complex “Astaldi”, Italian complex “Roty Pizza pie” and the Spanish “O H L”. The fifth bid is that of the British company “Paktel” which is interested in the line between Touggourt and Hassi Messaoud.

    As regards these projects, Mr. Lâalmi announced that the opening of the envelopes relating to the commercial bids will be done in July, thus work will begin at the beginning of 2007....

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    Algeria gives Siemens-led consortium $54m railway deal

    Algeria's state-owned railways SNTF awarded a 3.95 billion dinars ($54.19 million) deal to a consortium led by Germany's Siemens, state media reported.

    The accord involves the electrification, communications and command stations and other facilities on a 204 km railway line linking the eastern city of Tebessa to the capital Algiers.

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    SNTF negotiating with General Motors on refurbishment & maintenance of rolling stock

    The National Company of Railways Transport (SNTF) has undertaken negotiations which should lead to the signing of an important agreement which will allow Algeria to rehabilitate and maintain the company's fleet of trains.

    The Director of SNTF told El Khabar that the company is currently carrying out negotiations with the company “OMD”, a branch of the American company General Motors, to form a joint company with Algeria to deal with the repair of the national company's rail cars. Currently SNTF has more than 400 rail cars and it is envisaged that the joint company would take charge of the maintenance, the renovation and the modernization of the trains.

    The joint company will undertake its first operations from January of next year, the renovation of 339 trains of the whole number which should be modernized, following the creation of the joint company of which General Motors will have a 51% share while 49% will go to SNTF. In addition, 43 trains will be repaired and the rest will be repaired between 2008 and 2010.

    Operations of repair, of maintenance and modernization will be undertaken in the repair shop of Rouiba.

    According to the same sources, the national company is working to make a success of its negotiations with General Motors, which has very developed technologies concerning the refurbishing of trains and their repair and is classified among the leading international companies in this field in addition to the field of maintenance.

    SNTF negotiating with General Motors on refurbishment & maintenance of rolling stock

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    SNTF gets first digital wireless communications system for an African railway network

    Nortel to provide GSM-R to Algerian SNTF to improve efficiency and safety

    The Algerian Railways operator SNTF (Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires) has selected Nortel for the first phase of SNTF's national GSM-R project to provide a new wireless communication system that aims to enhance emergency procedures, improve operational efficiency, increase safety and reduce the overall cost of its operations. Nortel will deploy a GSM for Railways (GSM-R) network that will make SNTF the first African railway operator to adopt the new global GSM-R standard.

    The new system will allow train drivers, station controllers and other railway employees to communicate with each other instantly and at any time, either individually or as separate groups. In the first phase of SNTF's GSM-R project awarded to Nortel, the network will be deployed along the El Gourzi - Touggourt line in Eastern Algeria.

    "The international adopted GSM-R standard is a key component to upgrading the Algerian railway communication infrastructure. It is part of a much larger railway infrastructure project, including the construction of new conventional and high speed lines, upgrades of signalling systems and other railway infrastructure," says Ali Leulmi, central director of Infrastructures, SNTF. "As a world leader in GSM-R, Nortel ensures for this first phase along the El Gourzi - Touggourt line we are equipping our railway service with the most advanced communication technologies."

    "Nortel has been challenged by SNTF to provide for this first phase of SNTF project a solution that matches the growing need for communication in a fast expanding network," explains Michel Clement, president Southern Europe and Africa, Nortel. "This contract is a result of Nortel's long term commitment to the Algerian market and our role as a major telecom player in Africa with over 20 years in the region."

    Nortel will provide design and engineering services for SNTF's GSM-R network from the Nortel Global Services portfolio. Our local channel partner, SNEF Algeria, will supply construction, installation and commissioning support. "SNEF and Nortel share the same commitment to enhancing network quality and reducing the overall cost of operations," said Vincent Pratlong, Algeria operations director, SNEF. "Our local experts will work closely with the Algerian railway SNTF to realise the first GSM-R network on the continent."

    With this new contract win, Nortel is the first supplier deploying GSM-R networks in the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. These include among other networks national deployments in France for RFF, in Great Britain for Network Rail, and in Germany for Deutsche Bahn. Nortel supplied as well the high-speed line between Rome and Naples, Italy for SIRTI. Nortel is also deploying a GSM-R network for the world's highest rail line, the Tibet-Qinghai high-speed line in China.

    Nortel has been a pioneer in the GSM-R standards process since 1992, and has worked with UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). Nortel supplied equipment for the MORANE (Mobile Radio for Railways Networks in Europe) trial and was a major contributor to the EIRENE (European Integrated Railway radio Enhanced Network) GSM-R standard.

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    SNTF plans expansion

    Algeria's national rail transport company (SNTF) intends to renovate its transportation and traction equipments by purchasing 30 electric locomotives, 64 electric multiple-unit trains and 17 new rail cars. By these new purchases, the company wishes to improve the quality of its services, easing congestion on rail traffic and boosting trade.

    In this respect, Director of SNTF equipments Fatma Zohra Mahiouz told APS that during this current year the company will take delivery of 30 electric locomotives, including 16 with diesel motorization for the traction of goods wagons and 14 others for passengers transportation.

    Last year, SNTF announced it was planning to spend US$5 billion in the next five years on improvements.

    Algeria: National rail transport company plans expansion

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    Alstom, Siemens, Balfour Beatty shortlisted for Algeria rail order

    ALGIERS (AFX) - Alstom, Siemens AG and Balfour Beatty PLC have been shortlisted for an order to electrify a section of rail track for Algerian operator Societe algerienne des transports ferroviaires (SNTF), SNTF said.

    No financial details for the order were disclosed.

    The winning tender for the update of the 815 km line between Annaba in the east of Algeria and Oran in the West will be announced in a fortnight, the company said.

    The contract will cover design, construction as well as maintenance of the track for a total of five years.

    Alstom, Siemens, Balfour Beatty shortlisted for Algeria rail order

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