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Alstom delivers the SIL4 electronic interlocking system to the “Matai” sector of the Beni Suef Assuyt railway line in Egypt

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15 October 2020 Alstom has successfully supplied, tested and put into commercial service it’s SIL4 Electronic Interlocking system solution Smartlock 400 GP for the Matai sector in the line linking Beni Suef to Asyut; with new buildings, new power supply, new telecom and new SCADA subsystems, ensuring effective performance and safe operation of railway traffic at train speeds up to 160 km/hour. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Eng. Hussein Rashidy Head of Signaling System at ENR, Eng. Shaban Mahmoud, Upper Egypt Zone Manager at ENR (Egyptian National Railways), Eng. Ashraf Khalifa Head of Operation Department, Mohamed Magdy BSA Executive Project Manager at ENR, Eng. Mohamed Fawzy, Operations Manager at ENR, Eng. Ahmed Essam, Head of Civil Works and Mr. Luca Pastorino, Alstom Egypt BSA Project Director.

Matai is the sixth sector of Beni Suef–Asyut line to enter commercial service with Alstom’s interlocking signaling system following the commission of the Mallawi section on 23rd of July 2020. It is an extended sector of over 18 km and includes two stations; Matai and El-Kofor with 116 track circuits, 10 SLO (Site Local Operation) cabinets, 6 level crossing, 36-point motors and 79 signals. With this new milestone, Alstom is putting into service over 80 km of mainline railways in Egypt all operable in contraflow mode.

“I am proud of the dedication of our teams who continue to progress with operations despite the current challenging context. They demonstrate their responsibility towards our Clients through presenting agility and adaptability in their ways of working. We remain committed to meet our customer’s expectations and to be an exemplary partner to them” said Mohamed Khalil, Managing Director Alstom Egypt.

Alstom has been present in Egypt for over 40 years and has continually engaged and supported railway infrastructure development in the country. Over these years, Alstom Egypt has employed around 420 employees and developed a local talent pool that is today in charge of a center of excellence related to Signaling, Power Supply and Depot Equipment. These facets support our projects in all Africa-Middle East-Central Asia regions.

Alstom remains fully committed to the principles of operating an ethical business and sets clear guidelines in order to deal with public authorities and customers.