by Josephine Cordero Sapién
28 Jul 2020
After installing its power supply system and computer-based interlocking signalling system, Alstom performed the necessary tests, allowing them to enter commercial service on the Mallawi section of the railway line between Beni Suef and Asyut 23 July.
To mark the milestone, there was an inaugural ceremony attended by members of Egyptian National Railways and Alstom.
Despite coronavirus having disrupted business activities, Alstom continued working in line with safe practices and delivered this milestone for the Beni Suef-Asyut line upgrade.
This Mallawi section is the fifth section on the Beni Suef-Asyut line that has been equipped with Alstom’s Smartlock 400 GP interlocking signalling system since Beni Mazar station was commissioned in late 2019. This new installation means 40km are now fully automated and operating with contraflow function. More than 70km of mainline railway in Egypt are managed by Alstom’s signalling solution. Alstom’s electronic interlocking system succeeds the electromechanical one, meaning that capacity on the line can increase by more than 80 percent.
“Our Egyptian team of experts namely in the fields of installation, construction and commissioning, succeeded to deliver this new section despite a challenging operational context. We are proud with this new demonstration of the sense of responsibility of our teams. Our mission is to always meet our customers’ and stakeholders’ expectations.”
Egyptian National Railways chose Alstom to supply signalling equipment for the Beni Suef-Asyut line in 2015. The contract was worth 100 million euros and has been financed by the World Bank. This regional railway line measures 240km.
Alstom has been active in Egypt for more than 40 years.
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