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wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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Ansaldo Honolulu JV signs contract for City of Honolulu’s driverless metro


 29.11.2011    

Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture, a consortium comprising Finmeccanica companies Ansaldo STS (STS.MI) and AnsaldoBreda, has signed a contract with HART (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation) to supply the technology and vehicles for the new driverless metro line for the City of Honolulu (State of Hawaii).
The contract, worth a total of USD 1,334 million (net of Hawaiian GET tax), is for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new line for the city of Honolulu, which will be around 32 kilometres long and have 21 stations; Ansaldo STS’ share of the deal comes to USD 1,136 million and that of AnsaldoBreda to USD
198 million.
The design and construction work is scheduled to take eight years, with the first stretch of track being operated and maintained from 2015 onwards and the whole line from 2019 to 2029.
This is the tenth project for Ansaldo STS’ Transportation Solutions Unit based on the modern metro system with driverless trains and unmanned stations that operates in four Italian cities and six elsewhere in the world.
“Ansaldo STS is proud to have signed this important contract, whose value is the highest in our history. Our company has a proven tradition of delivering highly successful state-of-the-art rail systems around the world and we are fully ready to immediately get to work to honour our commitment” - Sergio De Luca, CEO of
Ansaldo STS, stated.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

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USA: The Ansaldo Honolulu consortium of Finmeccanica companies Ansaldo STS and AnsaldoBreda has signed a contract with Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to supply the technology and rolling stock for the Honolulu driverless metro. The $1∙3bn contract is for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 32 km Honolulu line with 21 stations. The Ansaldo STS $1∙1bn share of the deal will provide traction power, signalling and the operations control centre, while AnsaldoBreda will the supply the rolling stock for $198m. Design and construction is expected to take eight years, with the first stretch of track to be operational from 2015 and the rest of the line opened in stages, from 2019 to 2029. Ansaldo Honolulu was selected as core systems contractor in March 2011.
 
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HART signs core systems contract with Ansaldo Honolulu JV        
Tuesday, November 29, 2011  


The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation finalized the core systems contract for Honolulu's rail project Nov. 28, with Ansaldo Honolulu JV, moving the project forward with the design and construction of the rail vehicles and the train control system.

"Our extensive review of Ansaldo Honolulu JV's finances showed that they have the capacity to successfully deliver the core systems contract," said Toru Hamayasu, HART's interim executive director and CEO. "We have strong safeguards in bonds and guarantees to protect us. But more importantly, I believe we selected a responsible contractor with a solid commitment to delivering a world-class system for Honolulu."

The HART board's Finance and Project Oversight committees also conducted two separate meetings on Ansaldo's financial capacity and that of its parent company, Finmeccanica, in addition to eight board meeting discussions. Most recently, the committees held a lengthy public meeting Nov. 25, with Ansaldo's top officials, who answered detailed questions about the company's finances and the joint venture's financial capacity to fulfill the contract.

"We have confirmation at three levels: the city, state DCCA and the state court that the process was in full compliance with the procurement policies. Additionally, extensive due diligence has been conducted by HART over the past several months. We are confident that the procurement officer made a well-informed decision," said HART Finance Committee Chairman Don Horner and Project Oversight Committee Chairman Damien Kim.

Ansaldo Honolulu JV was awarded the $1.4-billion core systems contract in March. That contract includes $574 million for the design, construction and delivery of 80 train vehicles and train control systems and $830 million in operations and maintenance over a 14-year period. The contract calls for the delivery of the first 16 vehicles in 2014 and for the remainder in 2018.

The core system's contract is the latest milestone for the rail project, with 50 percent of its design and construction contracts already awarded. The project officially broke ground earlier this year and utility relocation work is now in full swing in preparation for the construction of the transit guideway in February 2012. The first section of the transit system from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium is expected to open in 2015; the second section from East Kapolei to Kalihi in 2017 and the entire system from East Kapolei to Ala Moana in 2019.
 
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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) in Hawaii, US, has awarded a $1.3bn contract to the Ansaldo Honolulu JV to supply the technology and rolling stock for the Honolulu driverless metro.

The contract includes the design, construction and delivery of the train vehicles, the train control systems on the 32km, 21 station Honolulu line, along with the operation and maintenance of the rail system after installation.

Ansaldo Honolulu consortium includes Finmeccanica companies Ansaldo STS and AnsaldoBreda.

The Ansaldo STS share in the contract is worth $1.136bn to provide traction power, signalling and the operations control centre, while AnsaldoBreda will the supply the rolling stock with a contract share of $198m.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said: "Rail transit will bring much-needed jobs to our community during these tough economic times. It will also provide a solid transportation option and restore quality of life for our residents who are forced to fight traffic daily, at the expense of time with their families and friends."

"Rail is a green and sensible solution to our gridlocked roads and highways. It's time to move forward and respect the people's vote," Carlisle said.

The design and construction work is scheduled to take eight years, with the first section of the transit system from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium expected to open in 2015, the second section from East Kapolei to Kalihi in 2017 and the entire system in 2019.

Ansaldo Honolulu JV had won a $1.4bn core systems contract in March 2011 which includes a $574m for the design, construction and delivery of 80 train vehicles and train control systems, plus $830m for operations and maintenance over a 14-year period.

After awarding the contract, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation had delayed signing the contract to examine the company's financial position to carry out the project.

HART's interim executive director and CEO Toru Hamayasu said: "Our extensive review of Ansaldo Honolulu JV's finances showed that they have the capacity to successfully deliver the core systems contract."
 
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Lawton named CEO of Ansaldo STS USA
Thursday, December 08, 2011

Ansaldo STS said Wednesday that as part of its ongoing re-organization, it had named Thomas P. Lawton president and CEO of Ansaldo STS USA, succeeding Dr. Alan E. Calegari.

Lawton is a veteran member of the Ansaldo STS USA executive management team, having served as general counsel since 2001.

“This change comes as a result of an April 2011 new organization of Ansaldo STS, which focuses on streamlining efficiencies globally to better serve customers in an increasingly competitive global rail transportation market,” the company said in an announcement on Calegari’s departure. “Ansaldo STS thanks Dr. Calegari for his work on behalf of the company.”
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

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Thomas Lawton has been named president and chief executive officer of Ansaldo STS USA as part of an ongoing reorganization of Ansaldo STS, according to a company press release. Lawton, a veteran member of the Ansaldo STS USA executive management team, will succeed Alan Calegari, who is leaving Ansaldo, company officials said. “This change comes as a result of an April 2011 new organization Ansaldo STS, which focuses on streamlining efficiencies globally to better serve customers in an increasingly competitive global rail transportation market,” the press release states.
 
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Ansaldo STS has obtained a $19.8 million contract from the French Railway Infrastructure to install a complete signaling system on a new section of the East European High-Speed Line. The new 66-mile section between Baudrecourt and Vendenheim in France is the second phase of the line, which will connect Luxembourg and Germany. Ansaldo will provide interlocking SEI associated with the TVM430 signaling system and related equipment, according to an Ansaldo STS press release.
 
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Suppliers of dispatching technology and services factor PTC, next-level efficiencies into the planning mix
by Walter Weart

Positive train control (PTC) continues to be one of the hottest topics of conversation in railroad communication and signaling circles. It's certainly of interest to suppliers of dispatching technology.

Mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, PTC must be installed by the end of 2015 on primary routes used by passenger trains or to haul certain hazardous commodities. With the implementation deadline four years away, more than 30 U.S. freight and commuter railroads continue to develop, test and implement their PTC systems.

For example, Amtrak continues to work with Alstom Signaling Inc. to improve the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES), which also must accommodate freight locomotives that use Amtrak's lines. Amtrak officials expect to substantially complete installation by 2012's end.

ACSES includes the technology and equipment necessary to establish a central PTC office. Components for the latest iteration of the system — ACSES II — include a temporary speed restriction server, data and maintenance server, network management server and office communications server.

"Our system currently has the ability to make a positive stop of a train that fails to respond to a command or signal, something that is critical to any PTC system," says Steve Zwart, Alstom's customer director-PTC, adding that the company offers a "vital" TSR server for maximum safety.

ACSES includes an office system that integrates easily with an existing dispatch system and can be used to separate from a dispatch system through its own, small PC-based application, Zwart says. ACSES can integrate with an existing network management system (NMS) or be provided with its own NMS. In any of these scenarios, the customer still will have a vital PTC solution with all of the functionality required under the PTC regulations, Zwart says.

Amtrak isn't the only railroad that will use Alstom's system; other roads that use the railroad's tracks will, as well, including the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, MTA Long Island Rail Road, MTA Metro-North Railroad, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit.

All are committed to implementing the ACSES solution, Zwart says, adding that deployment time lines vary.

"We will be expanding PTC technology to handle more temporary speed restrictions at any given time and offer more robust support for various line boundary configurations," work crews included, he says.

Ansaldo STS-USA Inc. continues to hone its PTC technology for dispatching, too. The company's Common Operational Picture (COP) system is designed to provide a comprehensive, integrated display of all freight- and passenger-rail traffic in designated regions. The system incorporates rail dispatch overview information from multiple railroads and transit dispatch systems into one, integrated, geographically oriented screen, said spokesman Russell Glorioso in an email. COP features an open XML interface to integrate traffic control and supervision systems.

The central office dispatching systems currently in use by both Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation were developed, installed and maintained by Ansaldo STS, said Glorioso, adding that the company also is upgrading both systems to support PTC.

In addition, Ansaldo STS is adding software components to the central office dispatching systems that consolidate and format outbound PTC messaging, process inbound PTC messaging, and upgrade data support and user interfaces to accommodate high-precision milepost information required for PTC operations, Glorioso said.

For vital PTC applications, Ansaldo STS offers the VitalNet™ Office Safety Server (OSS).

The VitalNet OSS encodes mandatory directives for delivery to the VitalNet Cab and provides a vital computing platform that validates train authorities, speed restrictions, work authorities and dark territory switch positions, Glorioso said. The vital protocol was developed to operate with conservative data radio bandwidth requirements. The flexible block design is scalable and enables the system's configuration to accommodate future changes.

Designing For Reliability

Other technology providers are tapping their global expertise while working closely with railroads to meet the 2015 deadline. GE Transportation — which has supplied PTC systems and subsystems outside the United States for years — has been an active participant in the FRA's rulemaking process, said Senior Product Manager Joseph Noffsinger in an email.

"Railroads have told us that they especially are concerned about constraints such as installation labor availability, cost and the disruption to railway operations to implement PTC," Noffsinger said, noting that portions of Amtrak's Chicago-Detroit corridor have been equipped for several years with GE's Incremental Train Control System (ITCS), a communications-based PTC system. "Another great concern is the reliability and availability of the systems. The railways are adding PTC on top of their existing systems, so any mission failures due to PTC problems are in addition to their disruptions today."

In response, GE has designed and tested its PTC-related offerings "for exceptional reliability and to allow customer choices for diagnostics and remote monitoring," Noffsinger said.

"We also give options in many products for redundancy of equipment and/or data communications paths," he added. "Where practical, we have put ‘hooks' into the PTC upgrades to pull diagnostic information from the older installed base systems."

GE is, and has been, supplying wayside equipment upgrades or add-in electronic systems for a significant portion of the estimated 60,000 wayside signal locations that will be integrated with I-ETMS or ACSES.

For PTC system installations, GE has developed a complete portfolio of peripherals to interface the PTC processor with the locomotive and external applications. A Locomotive Interface Gateway is designed to extract critical operational information from the locomotive control system, translate it and publish it in a new Association of American Railroads (AAR)-standard message format on the PTC network onboard for all systems to utilize. GE also is supplying the PTC3 Ancillary Card Cage for locomotive PTC systems. The open communications, command and control system platform — which complies with AAR S-9101 — can be configured with selected modules to perform multiple functions.

Other current and planned implementations include multiple off-board Cellular Data Communications Modems, including 4G; Off Board Wi-Fi Communications Modem; and a Host Processor for business applications.

An Integrated Approach

Meanwhile, RailComm is providing advanced dispatch solutions for PTC operations.

"We provide the link between the PTC Back Office Server and the dispatcher, which allows him to issue commands, says Sean Gleeson, RailComm's chief business strategy officer.

"We have worked with Lockheed Martin to design a train control system that is independent of wayside signaling equipment," says Gleeson, adding that Lockheed Martin is using technology that originally was developed for submarine tracking.

"This system has great potential for developing countries that do not already have trackside signaling infrastructure," says Gleeson.

At ARINC, the aim is to become a system integrator by bringing together multiple components or subsystems to create a complete system, officials say. That effort carries over into the development of PTC technology and related systems.

"We are working on modifications to our dispatch system software that will provide interfaces to both I-ETMS and ACSES PTC systems," says Dennis Lengyel, ARINC's vice president of surface transportation and security systems.

At the core of the development is ARINC's Advanced Information Management (AIM®) software.

"AIM is currently installed at more than 24 transit systems and it will be used by Metrolink for their commuter-rail operation," says Lengyel.

ARINC officials also are in the process of developing a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system for Metrolink. Phase I involves replacing the current centralized traffic control system; Phase II involves providing PTC features and the CAD to the back office server interface.

Speaking of back office servers: ARINC is helping to develop a server that will function as a "gateway" between the dispatch system and the locomotive, Lengyel says, adding that each Class I has unique office systems and operating requirements. However, interoperability requires that the onboard computers be able to receive messages in an industry standard format.

"We are working as a subcontractor to Wabtec to build a back office server that allow each railroad to continue to use their existing dispatch system, yet provide messages to the onboard system in the industry standard format, including when locomotives and crews operate over other road's track," says Lengyel.

ARINC also is working with Amtrak to replace a Centralized Electrification and Traffic Control (CETC) dispatch system. The new CETC system will provide an interface to the ACSES TSR Server. The Amtrak wayside system on the Northeast Corridor will need to be dual equipped for both ACSES and I-ETMS to enable freight railroads to operate in Amtrak-dispatched territory, says Lengyel.

"The first section to receive the new system will be the mid-Atlantic section followed by the New England section, a territory in the New York area dispatched by Amtrak and, ultimately, all Amtrak lines in the region," he says.

When PTC Isn't Part Of The Mix

Of course, PTC won't be implemented across all U.S. rail lines. That means many railroads will continue to use their existing dispatching systems. Others may contract out for dispatching services the way some of the smaller railroads contract the dispatch function to entities such as American Rail Dispatching Center Inc. (ARDC). A RailAmerica Inc. subsidiary, ARDC provides dispatching service to 43 small railroads, four of which are not owned by RailAmerica.

ARDC tries to treat clients' workers as customers, extending the company beyond just typical dispatching.

"I believe we have changed the face of short-line train dispatching," says ARDC Director Tom Murphy.

ARDC's dispatchers are trained for four to six months.

"We offer our customers a range of services including 24-by-7 dispatching, emergency response programs and, in response to the Rail Safety Improvement Act, grade crossing signal system failure reporting," Murphy says.

RailTerm, too, provides contract dispatching services for railroads in the United States and Canada. The company currently dispatches more than 3,900 miles of track serving 18 railroads, said RailTerm General Manager Marc-André Lamontagne in an email.

RailTerm has developed a state-of-the-art CTC and OCS dark territory train dispatching software used in RailTerm's two rail traffic control centers, Lamontagne said.

The firm also offers the same train dispatching software to customers who choose to perform their own train dispatching functions.

Meanwhile, the company's U.S. affiliate RailTerm Corp. provides dispatching services to a number of railroads. Among them: Genesee & Wyoming Inc.'s (GWI) St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad; OmniTRAX Inc.'s Alabama & Tennessee River Railway, Georgia & Florida Railway, Illinois Railway, Kettle Falls International Railway, Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway, and Panhandle Northern Railroad; the Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway Co.; Carolina Coastal Railway; and Washington and Idaho Railway Inc.

In Canada, the company provides dispatching services for GWI's Huron Central Railway, Quebec-Gatineau Railway and St. Lawrence & Atlantic Canada; OmniTRAX's Carlton Trail Railway Co. and Hudson Bay Railway Co.; and VIA Rail Canada Inc.

RailTerm's TrainMaster suite of applications are designed to deliver data and functionality to such users as dispatchers, maintainers, rail operations managers and support staff, said Jason Fries, RailTerm's vice president, technology, in an email. The information is accessible via web-based applications and portals.

The availability of data and interaction with the control system through the use of mobile devices, particularly for field support staff, is an area of "intense development," Fries said.

Even though many of RailTerm's customers currently aren't impacted by the PTC mandate, the company is developing a GPS-based tracking and alerting of proceed and work authority overruns as a supplemental system to its dark territory and CTC office authorities, Fries said.

Communication And Control

Regardless of whether PTC is present or a CAD system is in use, all dispatch systems must be able to communicate by voice, radio and telephone in an efficient and error-free manner.

"Any train control system must be paired with a communications system, and it must provide the ability to work seamlessly, [and] be easy to use with significant redundancy and cover all necessary channels," says Penta Corp.'s Director of Sales and Operations Bobby Chandler.

Accordingly, Penta's offerings include the cPCx Communications Control System, an open architecture, IP-based digital communications system built around the standard compact PCI platform supporting the H.110 bus architecture and IP-based telephony. The voice/data system is designed to enable voice connectivity and interoperability between the system resources.

The cPCx includes redundant hot swappable power supplies as well as redundant hot standby CommServers (master processors) running Windows 2008 server (or later) OS software, a Penta PNET Server application, and remote management and access. The cPCx can be sized from 24 to 4,000 ports. Penta also offers the SLx Switching Console, which is designed for the needs of smaller dispatch centers, as well as regionals and short lines.

"We continue to add features to make the systems more robust, such as allowing the user to set up the system based on needs including the appearance of the monitor's screen," says Chandler.

Walter Weart is a Denver-based free-lance writer.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
AUSTRALIA: Acting Premier of Queensland Andrew Fraser opened the 69 km Northern Missing Link connecting QR National's Goonyella and Newlands coal railway networks on December 19. Providing a route from mines in the Bowen Basin to the Abbot Point export terminal, the link is the central component of QR National's A$1·1bn Goonyella to Abbot Point Project. QR National aims to increase the Central Queensland Coal Network's export capacity by 50 million tonnes/year, to reach more than 300 million tonnes/year by 2015. 'GAP is a genuine transformational project', QR National Managing Director & CEO Lance Hockridge said at the opening ceremony, adding that it 'had been on Queensland's infrastructure wish-list for over three decades.' Construction of the link began in May 2010 was completed ahead of the scheduled 20 months, despite exceptional weather, fire and a small earthquake. The 69 km line has three passing loops, 11 bridges and two road overbridges. 'Now that QR National is a publicly listed company it has the ability to make this type of investment that benefits all Queenslanders, without taxpayers having to foot the bill', said Fraser. 'Private sector investment in the State's rail infrastructure is a huge vote of confidence in the long-term viability of Queensland's resources sector'. Further work on GAP will continue until mid-2012, including additional works on the Briaba section and upgrades to existing track on the Newlands line to accommodate larger 106 tonne wagon
Northern Missing Link
Length 69 km
Gauge 1 067 mm
Cost A$385m
Civil works CoalConnect: QR National, Leighton Contractors, GHD and KBR
Signalling Synergy alliance: QR National, UGL and Ansaldo STS
Railway systems QR National
 
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Ansaldo STS awarded the signalling contract of the “South Europe Atlantic” High Speed line (SEA) in France


 23.12.2011    

Ansaldo STS (STS.MI), a Finmeccanica Company, through its subsidiary in France, has been awarded by INEO (GDF SUEZ Group) and INEXIA (Systra Group), a contract to provide signalling systems and services on the new High Speed line connecting Tours and Bordeaux (South West of France).
The value of the contract is EUR 46.7 Million.
The scope of work for Ansaldo STS encompasses the design, supply, test and commissioning of signalling systems and related devices to equip the 343 km (of which 40 km interconnections) of new line and allow operations up to 300 km/h.
Ansaldo STS will provide its Interlocking SEI and TVM 300 technologies together with Track Circuits and Hot Box Detectors. The new High Speed line is due to be opened to commercial service by the April 2017.
With this new contract, Ansaldo STS, leader of rail high speed technology, strengthens its partnership with major actors of railway industry to build safe, interoperable and sustainable railway networks around the world.
 
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Ansaldo STS to signal French high-speed line        
Friday, December 23, 2011  


A Euros 46.7m contact has been awarded by Ineo and Inexia to Ansaldo STS to installing signalling equipment on the Sud Europ Atlantique (SEA) high-speed line under construction between Tours and Bordeaux.


Ansaldo STS will install TVM 300 cab signalling, interlockings, track circuits, and hot box detectors on 303km of new line, which will be designed for 300km/h operation, plus 40km of connecting lines to the existing network. SEA, which is an extension of the Paris - Tours TGV Atlantique high-speed line, will open in April 2017.
 
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Ansaldo STS has been awarded a contract to provide signalling systems and services on the new high speed rail line connecting Tours and Bordeaux (South West of France) by INEO (GDF SUEZ Group) and INEXIA (Systra Group).

The value of the contract is €46.7 million.

The scope of work for Ansaldo STS encompasses the design, supply, test and commissioning of signalling systems and related devices to equip the 343 km (of which 40 km interconnections) of new line and allow operations up to 300 km/h.

Ansaldo STS will provide its Interlocking SEI and TVM 300 technologies together with Track Circuits and Hot Box Detectors.

The new high speed line is due to be opened to commercial service by the April 2017.
 
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Ansaldo STS has been awarded contracts to supply signalling systems in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The contracts are worth around €120 million, Ansaldo STS said.

In Turkey, Ansaldo STS has signed agreements with the Italian-Turkish joint venture, Salini-GCF-Kolin, to supply rail signalling, automation and telecommunications systems for the Gebze-Kosekoy stretch of high speed track between Ankara and Istanbul.

The new line will be equipped with the standard European ERTMS/ETCS level 1 signalling system, which Ansaldo STS is already supplying in Turkey under another contract.

Entry into operation is scheduled for 2014.

Also in Turkey, Ansaldo STS is to supply – via Korean multinational Hyundai-Rotem – on-board signalling systems for 80 locomotives that Turkish state rail operator TCDD plans to purchase from the Korean supplier to expand and upgrade its fleet.

The systems will comply with ERTMS/ETCS level 1 standards and final delivery is scheduled for 2013.

These two contracts strengthen the technological leadership and presence of Ansaldo STS in a strategic country with major investment already allocated to modernisation of its rail network.

In the United Arab Emirates, Ansaldo STS has been awarded a contract by the Italian- Indian joint venture created by Saipem-Tecnimont-Dodsal for the system integration of the newly constructed Shah-Habshan-Ruwais line, the first stretch of the constituent rail network owned by Etihad Rail (the UAE rail operator).

The contract is to supply signalling, automation and telecommunications systems, as well as other smaller systems for the management and control of passenger and freight traffic, for a line about 260 km long that will link the Shah industrial complex with the port of Ruwais.

The signalling system to be supplied by Ansaldo STS will comply with the ERTM/ETCS level 2 European standard.

The works will take 36 months and completion is scheduled in two phases, the first after 24 months and the second after a further 12 months.
 
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Ansaldo STS wins new orders totalling EUR 102 million


 23.01.2012    

Ansaldo STS, a Finmeccanica Group company, has won new orders totalling around EUR 102 million in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
In Turkey, Ansaldo STS has signed agreements with the Italo-Turkish joint venture, Salini-GCF-Kolin, to supply rail signalling, automation and telecommunications systems for the Gebze-Kosekoy stretch of high-speed track between Ankara and Istanbul.
The new line will be equipped with the standard European ERTMS/ETCS level 1 signalling system, which Ansaldo STS is already supplying in Turkey under another contract previously awarded. Entry into operation is scheduled for 2014.
Also in Turkey, Ansaldo STS is to supply – via Korean multinational Hyundai-Rotem – on-board signalling systems for 80 locomotives that Turkish state rail operator TCDD plans to purchase from the Korean supplier to expand and upgrade its fleet.
The systems will comply with ERTMS/ETCS level 1 standards and final delivery is scheduled for 2013. These two contracts strengthen the technological leadership and presence of Ansaldo STS in a strategic country with major investment already allocated to modernisation of its rail network.
In the United Arab Emirates, Ansaldo STS has been awarded a contract by the Italo-Indian joint venture created by Saipem-Tecnimont-Dodsal for the system integration of the newly constructed Shah-Habshan-Ruwais line, the first stretch of the constituent rail network owned by Etihad Rail (the UAE rail operator).
The contract is to supply signalling, automation and telecommunications systems, as well as other smaller systems for the management and control of passenger and freight traffic, for a line about 260 km long that will link the Shah industrial complex with the port of Ruwais.
The signalling system to be supplied by Ansaldo STS will comply with the ERTM/ETCS level 2 European standard, currently the most advanced in a market which Ansaldo STS leads.
The works will take 36 months and completion is scheduled in two phases, the first after 24 months and the second after a further 12 months.
The acquisition of the contract for the turnkey construction of an automatic metro for the women's university campus in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) in 2009 confirms Ansaldo STS' desire to gain a leadership position in the Middle Eastern countries within the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). These countries have planned a substantial
programme of investment to create an interoperable rail network and currently represent one of the most attractive markets in the global arena. In the GCC countries, Ansaldo STS currently has secondary operational offices in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
 
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Etihad Rail signalling contract awarded
23 January 2012

UAE: Ansaldo STS is to supply ERTMS equipment including ETCS Level 2 signalling, automation and telecoms systems for the first phase of the UAE's national railway project.

The contract announced on January 23 covers the 266 km route from the Shah industrial complex to Habshan and the port of Ruwais, and is expected to last 36 months.It was awarded by the Saipem/Tecnimont/Dodsal Engineering joint venture which project promoter Etihad Rail appointed as civil and track works contractor in October 2011.

On January 22 the cabinet gave approval for Etihad Rail to borrow 4·7bn dirham to finance the rail project.

Al Dahra Agricultural Co has become Etihad Rail's first customer for containerised freight, signing a memorandum of understanding for the transport of animal fodder. Memoranda have also been signed with future customers Emirates Steel, Arkan, Etisalat and Du.
 
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NewsAnsaldo STS awarded Turkish ETCS contracts
23 January 2012

TURKEY: Ansaldo STS has won a contract to supply ETCS Level 1 signalling, telecommunications and automation systems to the Salini Costruttori/GCF/Kolin joint venture which is upgrading the line between Gebze and Köseköy as part of the Istanbul - Ankara high speed project. Completion is scheduled for 2014.

Under a separate contract, Ansaldo STS will supply ETCS Level 1 onboard equipment for the 80 electric locomotives which TCDD ordered from Hyundai Rotem in December 2010.
 
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Ansaldo STS, a Finmeccanica Group company, won new orders totaling around $132.6 million in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

In Turkey, Ansaldo signed agreements with the Italo-Turkish joint venture, Salini-GCF-Kolin, to supply rail signaling, automation and telecommunications systems for the Gebze-Kosekoy stretch of high-speed track between Ankara and Istanbul.

The new line will be equipped with the standard European ERTMS/ETCS level 1 signaling system, which the company is already supplying in Turkey under another contract previously awarded. Entry into operation is scheduled for 2014.

Also in Turkey, Ansaldo is to supply — via Korean multinational Hyundai-Rotem — on-board signaling systems for 80 locomotives that Turkish state rail operator TCDD plans to purchase from the Korean supplier to expand and upgrade its fleet.

The systems will comply with ERTMS/ETCS level 1 standards and final delivery is scheduled for 2013. These two contracts strengthen the technological leadership and presence of Ansaldo STS in a strategic country with major investment already allocated to modernization of its rail network.

In the United Arab Emirates, Ansaldo was awarded a contract by the Italo-Indian joint venture created by Saipem-Tecnimont-Dodsal for the system integration of the newly constructed Shah-Habshan-Ruwais line, the first stretch of the constituent rail network owned by Etihad Rail (the UAE rail operator).

The contract is to supply signaling, automation and telecommunications systems, as well as other smaller systems for the management and control of passenger and freight traffic, for a line about 161.5miles long that will link the Shah industrial complex with the port of Ruwais.

The signaling system to be supplied by Ansaldo will comply with the ERTM/ETCS level 2 European standard, currently the most advanced in a market which Ansaldo leads. The works will take 36 months and completion is scheduled in two phases, the first after 24 months and the second after a further 12 months.
 
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System integration of a UAE new railway line 07. February 2012  


Ansaldo STS, a Finmeccanica Group company, has been awarded a contract in the United Arab Emirates by the Italo-Indian joint venture created by Saipem-Tecnimont-Dodsal. The agreement covers the system integration of the newly constructed Shah-Habshan-Ruwais line, the first stretch of the constituent rail network owned by Etihad Rail (the UAE rail operator). The contract is to supply signalling, automation and telecommunications systems, as well as other smaller systems for the management and control of passenger and freight traffic, for a line about 260 km long that will link the Shah industrial complex with the port of Ruwais.(ben)

http://www.etihadrail.ae

http://www.ansaldo-sts.com
 
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Ansaldo STS awarded contract in UAE  16. February 2012  


Spain-based Ansaldo STS has been awarded a contract by the Italo-Indian joint venture created by Saipem-Tecnimont-Dodsal for the system integration of the newly constructed Shah-Habshan-Ruwais line in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This stretch of track is the part of the constituent rail network owned by Etihad Rail (the UAE rail operator). The contract is to supply signalling, automation and telecommunications systems, as well as other smaller systems for the management and control of passenger and freight traffic, for a line about 260 km long that will link the Shah industrial complex with the port of Ruwais. The signalling system will comply with the ERTM/ETCS level 2 European standard. The works will take 36 months and completion is scheduled in two phases, the first after 24 months and the second after another twelve months. (ben)

http://www.ansaldo-sts.com
 
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Network Rail has announced framework agreements with four suppliers for the development and design of a new, European-standard signalling system for Britain's railways.

The successful suppliers are Invensys Rail, Infrasig, Ansaldo STS and Signalling Solutions, the Alstom/Balfour Beatty Joint Venture company.

Starting in April, the collaborative agreements cover a one-year development phase which will confirm the suppliers' design of a European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling system.

These will then be demonstrated on Network Rail's new testing facility on the Hertford loop with contracts for the delivery of the programme to be awarded in 2014.

ETCS is part of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) a tried and tested signalling system which will replace traditional line-side railway signals with a computer display inside every train cab, reducing the costs of maintaining the railway, improving performance and enhancing safety.

The first drive to install ERTMS will take place on the Great Western main line starting in 2016 as part of the large-scale resignalling of the line, coinciding with the arrival of new trains and electrification between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport, Oxford, Newbury and Bristol.

The East Coast and Midland main lines are scheduled to follow soon after, commencing in 2018 and 2020.

 
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Ansaldo STS wins new contracts in USA and Australia for over EUR 81 million

  03.04.2012    


Ansaldo STS (STS.MI), a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded new contracts totaling EUR 81,2 million.
In USA, Ansaldo STS was awarded a EUR 73,4 million (US $ 98 million) contract to supply a Positive Train Control (PTC) system for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Ansaldo STS’s PTC system will control SEPTA’s regional rail system, which serves five counties in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region, using a PTC-compliant speed enforcement system.
In Australia, Ansaldo STS has won a EUR 7,8 million (AU $ 10 million) signalling and train control contract to upgrade the rail infrastructure of Xstrata Coal’s Ravensworth Mine Complex in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
Ansaldo STS will design, construct, test and commission the signalling, communications and train control system for the new rail facility at Xstrata Coal’s Ravensworth Mine Complex using MicroLok® II interlocking, widely used in railways
across Australia; and Phoenix train control system, which supports the use of signalling systems in a variety of operating environments including mainline freight and heavy haul.
This is the latest in a series of contract wins for Ansaldo STS, in Australia with offices in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Perth and Karratha, in the expanding coal mining industry of the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales.
 
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Ansaldo STS has been awarded a contract to upgrade the rail infrastructure of Xstrata Coal’s Mine Complex in New South Wales.

The contract, worth $10 million involves signalling and train control for the Mine Complex in the Hunter Valley.

Ansaldo STS will design, construct, test and commission the signalling, communications and train control system for the rail facility using MicroLok® II interlocking and Phoenix train control system, which supports the use of signalling systems in a variety of operating environments including mainline freight and heavy haul.

This is the latest in a series of contract wins for Ansaldo STS, in Australia with offices in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Perth and Karratha, in the expanding coal mining industry of the Hunter Valley region.

 
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Ansaldo STS has been awarded a $98 million contract to supply a Positive Train Control (PTC) system for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Ansaldo STS’s PTC system will control SEPTA’s regional rail system, which serves five counties in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region, using a PTC-compliant speed enforcement system.

Ansaldo will design, construct, test and commission the signalling, communications and train control system.

 
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Ansaldo STS, a unit of Finmeccanica, has signed new signalling and train control system contracts in the US and Australia, worth €81.2m.

In the US, the company has secured a €73.4m contract to supply a positive train control (PTC) system to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), that will manage SEPTA's regional rail system, serving five counties in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region.

In Australia, Xstrata Coal has awarded a €7.8m signalling and train control contract to the company, to upgrade the rail infrastructure of its Ravensworth Mine Complex in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

The design, building, testing and commissioning of the signalling, communications and train control system will be carried out by Ansaldo at the Ravensworth Mine Complex using MicroLok II interlocking, which is used in railways across Australia.

The company will also design the phoenix train control system, which supports the use of signalling systems in several operating environments, including mainline freight and heavy haul.

Last month, Xstrata had received approval from the Queensland government in Australia for its $6.3bn Wandoan mine in Australia.

The proposed open cut mine in Queensland's Surat Basin would produce 30 million tonnes of coal a year for the next 30 years, which is expected to be transported to the export market by rail.

 
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Ansaldo wins signalling and train control contracts in US and Australia

  10.04.2012    



Ansaldo STS, a unit of Finmeccanica, has signed new signalling and train control system contracts in the US and Australia, worth €81.2m.
In the US, the company has secured a €73.4m contract to supply a positive train control (PTC) system to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), that will manage SEPTA's regional rail system, serving five counties in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region.
In Australia, Xstrata Coal has awarded a €7.8m signalling and train control contract to the company, to upgrade the rail infrastructure of its Ravensworth Mine Complex in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
The design, building, testing and commissioning of the signalling, communications and train control system will be carried out by Ansaldo at the Ravensworth Mine Complex using MicroLok II interlocking, which is used in railways across Australia.
The company will also design the phoenix train control system, which supports the use of signalling systems in several operating environments, including mainline freight and heavy haul.
Last month, Xstrata had received approval from the Queensland government for its $6.3bn Wandoan mine in Australia.
The proposed open cut mine in Queensland's Surat Basin would produce 30 million tonnes of coal a year for the next 30 years, which is expected to be transported to the export market by rail, Railway Technology reports.


 

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