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ALSTOM Transport in Israel

17/07/2005

ALSTOM has been a partner of Israel Railways for 10 years, supplying 37 passenger coaches and over 50 diesel-electric locomotives.

In 2002 ALSTOM and our Citypass consortium partners won the contract for a 28-year concession to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a light rail system for Jerusalem. ALSTOM’s part in the project covers the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) and maintenance of the trams and the infrastructure. The 46 trams will be supplied from ALSTOM’s successful CITADIS range which has been chosen by 19 other cities around the world. The financing of the project was completed in early 2005 and the official signing of the contract carried out on July 17th.

ALSTOM and partners demonstrated a high level of dedication to successfully concluding this contract, overcoming with the Israeli government, many obstacles along the way. This is a measure of our long-term commitment as investor and manufacturer.

ALSTOM will draw on this commitment in order to make the best offers for new rail transport projects in Israel. We have just submitted an offer to supply 86 passenger coaches (based on those already service-proven for IR) with options for a further 390, plus maintenance for a period of 10 years.

In order to support local industry, ALSTOM includes up to 30% of local production in all contracts in Israel. For example, the offer for 86 passenger coaches provides for 150 000 hours of local manufacturing by MATAR.

This year we are preparing to bid for the 25 kV electrification of 800 km of track and to supply electric locomotives for passenger coaches to work on the newly-electrified lines. In both cases we will be in partnership with local companies.

We also believe we have the best technology, commitment and track record in Israel to deliver the best metro system for the Red line of the Tel Aviv metro.

Press contact, ALSTOM Transport headquarters:
Helen Connolly
Tel: + 33 (0)1 41 66 91 43
helen.connolly@transport.alstom.com