Algeria: “Mecheria – Tabia” railway line construction

Customer: Astaldi S.p.A. General Contractor and project finance initiatives promoter. Its sectors of interest are transport infrastructures, energy production plants, civil and industrial building works, concessionary management of car parks, hospital buildings, transport infrastructures and, overseas, works in the water and energy sector. – End Customer ANESRIF.

Opportunity: The need had arisen of creating a railway line to connect the mining areas in the south of the country with the existing rail network, both for freight and passenger transport.

Project: SITE S.P.A. constructed the “Mecheria – Tabia” railway line, with a length of 220 km, on a turnkey basis. The railway line connects the mining areas in the south (Bechar Mines Department) to the north of the country. SITE S.P.A. undertook the development of the Telecommunication and Energy Systems, from the architectural studies for the system up to their Commissioning.In partnership with a signalling systems manufacturer, Site also carried out the installations of the railway signalling system.
The line was inaugurated in March 2012.
The integrated Telecommunication system comprises a redundant Optical Fibre line, an SDH system for data transport and Administrative Telephony, Operational Telephony, Chronometry and GSM-R networks.
The integrated Energy system comprises an ASI system consisting of Generator Units, UPS systems with standby Ni-Cd batteries, electrical panels and transformer panels, lighting system and air conditioning system.
As part of the Signalling system, SITE S.P.A. has undertaken all the “on-site” activities, from the management to the installation works and up to the support for Commissioning of the complete system.
SITE S.p.A. has also provided the signalling materials, such as ZPAU Cables, Signal Steelwork, Key Transmitters (AuAg), ATR, LED Signals, Railway Signage, junction nand take-off boxes, etc.

Advantages: Construction of the “Mecheria – Tabia” railway line forms part of the upgrading plan for the rail network connecting the north and south of the country. The advantage, both for the Client and the End customer, has been that of having SITE S.P.A. as the sole interlocutor for management of the project (and relative contract), with the skills of System Integrator and therefore able to cover, at an integrated project level, the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning activities.

Future developments: In 2016, also following the “Mecheria – Tabia” railway connection, the Algerian Ministry of Industry and Mines launched new economic projects in the Bechar Mines Department for the exploitation of mines; not only coal, but also manganese and barite.