Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bombardier to supply Saudi HSR components

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Bombardier Transportation Tuesday said it has signed contracts with Madrid-based Patentes Talgo SA to develop and supply components for 36 very high speed trains for Saudi Arabia.

The contracts are valued at approximately US$367 million, Bombardier said. The company made the announcement during Innotrans 2012, taking place in Berlin this week.

Talgo is a member of the Al Shoula consortium, led by the Spanish railway operator RENFE and the railway infrastructure company ADIF, recently contracted by the Saudi Railways Organization to build and operate a 450-kilometer (280-mile) HSR line connecting Mecca and Medina.

Bombardier said its "supply scope" for Talgo includes its MITRAC 3000 propulsion and control package, FLEXX Power 350 high speed bogies for the power heads of the 330 km/h (205 mph) trains, and 12-year maintenance services for the Bombardier-built systems and components.

The majority of Bombardier's manufacturing for the project will take place at the company's plant in Trápaga, Spain. The technology is similar to that of the 46 AVE 102 and AVE 112 trains developed and manufactured for RENFE between 2001 and 2010.