Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bombardier lands Pakistan signaling contract

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Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday that it, in consortium with China Railway Signal & Communication Corp. (CRSC), has won two further orders from Pakistan Railways (PR) to install INTERFLO 200 mainline signaling on connecting sections of the Karachi-Lahore line.

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The two integrated contracts are valued at approximately $99 million, with Bombardier’s share amounting to $44 million, and $31 million, with Bombardier’s share at $14 million. The systems to be delivered are the same as what Bombardier is delivering to PR for the Bin Qasim to Mirpur Mathelo Double Line section of the line, announced last February.

Bombardier, the consortium leader, is responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, and commissioning of the signaling system on a turnkey basis for 430 kilometers (267 miles) of right-of-way, including 31 stations. The technology will be delivered on the Lahore (Shahdrah Bagh) to Khanewal and Khanewal to Lodhran (via Multan) sections of the Karachi-Lahore line. The system will be based on Bombardier’s globally installed EBI Lock 950computer-based interlocking (CBI) and EBI Screen 2000 control center systems.

Bombardier Head of Rail Control Solutions Asia Region Richard Hunter said, “Securing these new orders is a significant achievement, resulting from our strong commitment to the region, represented by the location of our signaling business regional head office in Bangkok and with capability to undertake all major elements of the project in Asia.”

Said Anders Lindberg, president, Bombardier Transportation’s Rail Control Solutions, “We are very pleased to have won these two additional and major contracts with the Pakistan Railways. This is not only testimony to the trust in our technology and project delivery but also the growing strengthof our relationship. We look forward to working together closely as part of the rail modernization program in Pakistan.”

Bombardier said its INTERFLO200 system is typically used for busy, mainline networks, allowing reduced headways and offering higher safety levels. INTERFLO 200 can complement a national automatic train protection (ATP) system and can also be upgraded to European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) operation.