The national Algerian railway company, SNTF, has recently awarded an Alstom -led consortium a contract worth 88 million Euros for the electrification of three railway lines in the suburbs of the capital, Algiers. Alstom’s share of the contract is 71 million Euros.
Under the scope of the contract, Alstom will supply and install 300 kilometres of catenary and three power substations (25 kV). The electrification of the lines – Algiers to Thenia, Oued Smar to GuÃ© of Constantine, and El Harrach to El Afroun – is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007.
The upgrade will allow the SNTF to improve service in the Algiers suburbs. New electric multiple units with passenger carrying capacity of 1,800 and top speeds of 120 km/h will operate on the lines. The SNTF expects to increase its traffic from 20 million passengers a year currently to 60 million by the year 2010.
Alstom’s partners in the consortium are Infrarail, a subsidiary of SNTF, which will carry out civil works, and Baticim, which will supply poles and other steelwork.