Mafex members with projects in the Nordic countries


CETEST has been leading several homologation test campaigns in Scandinavian countries during last years.

For example, in Finland CETEST has performed tests for Helsinki Metro cars manufactured by CAF and operated by HKL. Some of these tests have been structural test for the carbody shell and the bogie, noise testing, electromagnetic compatibility, measurement of rotational resistance between carbody and bogie, energy consumption or wheel unloading test. Similar tests have also been performed for the Stockholm Tram with the Swedish operator SL.

In these days, CETEST is in the first preparation stages for different homologation tests for the high speed project Flytoget in Oslo (Norway). The laboratory has previous experience in this high demanding type of test projects (RENFE trains Alvia; Oaris prototype; high speed project for TCDD in Turkey…). CETEST continues adding expertise in order to be a reference laboratory for high speed homologation tests.

Alstom Spain and Indra are tendering for the largest civil engineering project currently planned in Europe.

They compete in consortium for the electromechanical installations of Fehmarnbelt tunnel, linking by road and rail Europe and Scandinavia.

The consortium formed by Alstom and Indra has been pre-qualified to tender for the implementation of electrical and mechanical installations in the Femern tunnel, one of the largest civil engineering projects currently planned in Europe. With 18 km, it will link Denmark and Germany and it will be the largest undersea and combined rail-road in the world.

The consortium formed by Alstom and Indra is now opting for a contract that includes design, project planning, supply of materials, implementation of the installation and 3 years maintenance.

The project foresees the implementation of an integrated solution that allows you to monitor and centrally manage different intelligent systems that must be installed in the tunnels, in order to ensure maximum safety and operability. The project scope includes electrical and mechanical installations for power distribution, cabling, connections to the substation, uninterrupted power supply, lighting, drainage, ventilation, air conditioning systems, access and emergency doors, fire detection and fire fighting systems, elevation, video surveillance and communications systems.

This contract is part of one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe: an 18 km tunnel under the sea, linking the cities of Fehmarn (Germany) and Lolland (Denmark). When opened in 2021, it will significantly reduce travel times between Scandinavia and Continental Europe, with a direct link by rail and road.
Along with the Spanish consortium, two other consortiums have also been shortlisted for this tender: Stragbag Bravida Consortium (composed of Starbag from Austria and Bravida from Denmark) and Femern Electrical and Mechanical Contractors (formed by Cegelec from France and the German engineering company Vinci).

Indra and Alstom Spain consortium is the result of the large experience of both companies in the installation and maintenance of security systems in the tunnels of the Spanish high-speed network. Specifically, infrastructures equipments of both companies have been responsible for equipping and maintaining electromechanical installations in the 32 tunnels associated with the Ourense-Santiago High-Speed line, and the tunnels on the Madrid-Valladolid-Leon line, including the Guadarrama Tunnel, the longest in Spain with a length of 28.8 km. In addition, Alstom Spain-Indra consortium is currently participating in the construction and maintenance of the Antequera-Granada tunnels and Pajares tunnels.

Alstom Spain has large experience in international tenders and is currently working with large Spanish firms in their venture on internationalisation, in which Alstom contributes with its technological knowledge, industrial capacity and international structure throughout the world (Metro of Panama with FCC, Guadalajara Metro with OHL, the Light train in Ottawa with ACS, the trams in Algeria with Isolux and the Ryadh Metro, also with FCC).

STOCKHOLM TRAM: In 2010, through the company SL AB (company responsible for the transport network in the city of Stockholm), this city awarded CAF a contract for the supply of 15 model A35 trams of the Urbos platform. This model consists of a bidirectional low-floor unit made up of 3 modules, which provides capacity for 275 passengers. Subsequently the client has contracted seven A36 model units which include an additional intermediate car.

These trams are fitted with state-of-the-art comfort and safety equipment and have been particularly adapted for the extreme weather conditions in this Nordic country.

METRO HELSINKI: Helsinki is added to the extensive list of cities in which CAF’s metro units are in operation. In 2013, the company was awarded the contract to supply 20 new metro units for the capital city of Finland. These trains are made up of 4 modules and have been designed such that minimal changes can provide for a safe and comfortable service in the various existing grades of automation (GoA1, GoA3 and GoA4). Taking account that the Helsinki Metro operates both outdoors and inside tunnels, the M300 series vehicle has been designed for commercial operation in extreme temperatures ranging from -40 ºC to +35 ºC. CAF has experience in the Finnish market, as this is not the first Project to develop in Finland. Éste no es el primer proyecto de CAF en Finlandia.

The company supplied commuter trains for the Finnish railways (Valtion Rautatiet) in 1999.

OARIS FLYTOGET: This is the most recent contract that CAF has been awarded with in the Scandinavian countries. The trains will run on the Airport Express line that connects the city center of Oslo with its airport, operated by Flytoget. CAF is to supply the new high-speed Oaris trains.  The trains are 4-car units with a design focused on energy efficiency and environmental protection. These units feature proprietary technology with maximum reliability and cutting edge design, safety, comfort and passenger accessibility.  Oaris complies with the PRM TSI. The train has 2 specific areas for wheel-chairs including one PRM toilet. In addition, a manual ramp is available for ease of boarding by PRM passengers.

DANOBAT received a major order from Bergen Light Rail for the delivery of a train shunt measuring system.

The Bergen Light Rail between Bergen central station and Bergen Airport comprises a 20 km double track line between Bergen city centre in the north and Bergen Airport, Flesland in the south.

The project is part of the Bergen program for transportation, and the urban development and environmental plan, which is a joint effort to coordinate and prioritise public transport, environmental issues, construction of road, pedestrian and cycle paths over the twenty year period 2005 to 2025.

The workshop and depot at Kokstad shall be operational both for the Bergen – Flesland section and also for future extensions to the north and west of Bergen central station.

When fully built, the facility shall be capable of serving all trams, estimated to be over 50 trams of 42 metres. The contract consists of a condition based maintenance system. DANOBAT train shunt measuring system has been specifically designed and manufactured for the measuring of the electrical resistance between two wheels of each axle of the train.

The train shunt measuring system is installed on an isolated track, but without the need to replace the existing track, thus ensuring normal uninterrupted operation of  the train. This system can be installed in both locational cases, indoor and outdoor. Some of the benefits of the  DANOBAT solutions are reduced installation requirements, automatic data collection analysis, extreme weather conditions work environment, traceability of fleet, connectivity to other peripheral equipment, …

Moreover, the client has developed a specific Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Plan. This plan has been devised to ensure that the client’s obligations with regard to safeguarding health and safety and the working environment on the building site and Bergen Light Rail’s own requirements for the building project are fulfilled. The client has also prepared an environmental follow-up programme to safeguard environmental issues. DANOBAT has a great range of condition based maintenance systems, such as the  On-Track Wheel Profile Inspection System,  Underfloor wheel lathe or  Bogie Rotary Parts and Bearings Test Rig.

Idom as an engineering, architectural and consulting firm is strengthening its position in the international arena. As part of this strategy, Idom is consolidating existing markets and entering new ones. Railway is an important business area of the firm and it is precisely in this field that, in recent years, Idom has been making inroads into the Scandinavian market.

Idom has already worked on various projects in Scandinavian countries:  electrification studies in Denmark, the tramway of Lund, or the East link high-speed line, both in Sweden. The firm is also participating in a framework project in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

In the case of Lund, apart from the necessary previous studies, Idom developed the basic design of the 5 km tramway line, including urban intersections, energy supply, OCL, and the signalling and communications systems. An important element of this project involved integrating this new tramline into the urban setting through the use of modern safety systems and lighting to give structure to the city.

The East Link high-speed project involves the basic design of a 42 km section of a total of approximately 150 km. This ambitious project will be a bi-directional high-speed line connecting east central Sweden with the rest of the country’s rail network. The East Link will reduce travel times between major cities and regions and permit freight traffic to increase on the existing network as passengers move to the new line.

Idom has also provided technical assistance to Odense Letbane on their tramway project. As an independent firm, Idom develops all it work, designs, supervision of works, commissioning from a position of complete impartiality.

Idom is currently participating in several bidding processes for rail projects in Scandinavia.

Siemens is executing the project for implementing its signaling and traffic control technologies at the depot of the Swedish mining company Bergbaugesellschaft Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) in Narvik, at the North of Norway.

Siemens Spain is implementing its interlocking technology Trackguard Westrace Mk II and it is responsible for the system integration engineering and the installation and commissioning coordination.

Stadler disposes of a strong expertise in customizing railway vehicles for operating under harsh weather conditions, e.g. Nordic countries. 8 EURO4000 locomotives are operating successfully in Norway and Sweden since 2009. This 6-axle locomotive family, which has been sold about 140 units in 7 different countries, is used mainly for freight transport thanks to its high hauling capacity and power, its reliability and the operative flexibility that offers. The Scandinavian units are adapted to harsh weather conditions (-40º) and to the snow. The winterization package includes winterized brake and ventilation systems, Xenon lights, elk collision protection, aggressive snow plough, primary air filtration system optimized for winter operation, increased cab heating by additional electric heaters…

Stockholm Metro. Extension to Nacka and Gullmarsplan/Soderort. At present, Stockholm Metro has approximately 110 km length with 100 stations. Currently the metro system is being extended to meet future demand. TYPSA is working on the design of the southern extension of the Blue Line from Kungstradgarden station, currently the end of the line, toward the municipality of Nacka. The line includes a branch to Gullmarsplan intermodal station, connecting to the existing Green Line at Sockenplan station. The branch that is currently part of the Green Line between Sockenplan station and Hagsätra will be operated by the Blue Line. The design is 11 km long and has 7 stations. Worthy of note is the extension that runs under the Saltsjön (Salt Sea). The construction budget is estimated at approximately € 1 350 million.  Construction is expected to commence in 2018, and the section is scheduled to come into service in 2025.

•Feasibility Study for the new High Speed Railway Line Jonköping – Malmö (Sweden).
TYPSA participates in this study which comprises the definition of the works needed for the completion of the civil works, superstructure and systems for the new high speed line section from Jönkoping to Malmö. The new line is 350 km length and will take part of the future High Speed Line between Stockholm and Copenhagen.  The study comprises the definition of various corridors and their comparison, analyzing technical, economic and railway operation factors. TYPSA is applying its solid experience in HSR design and construction, both in Spain and worldwide.

•Design of the new High Speed Line Ostlänken. Section: Bäckeby – Tallboda (Sweden). Railway Plan and Environmental Impact Study. The aim of the contract is to define the rail layout and draw up the Environmental Impact Study for the new section between Bäckeby and Tallboda, near the city of Linköping, of the new High Speed Line Ostlänken in eastern Sweden. The section is 17 km long and its design speed is 320 km/h. The new high speed line will be integrated into the current rail network, using the appropriate interchanges, so that their benefits can be extended to the largest possible number of trains and services, thus achieving faster, safer and more sustainable journeys throughout the network.

•Design of the new interurban conventional line Drammen – Kobbervikdalen (Norway).
TYPSA collaborates with a Norwegian engineering consulting firm in the preparation of the Feasibility Study and definition of all the works needed for the construction of a new double-track line between Drammen and Kobbervikdalen. The new line, which is 9 km long —most of which runs through a tunnel— will improve regional rail communications and will provide a complete double track line between the cities Oslo and Tønsberg by 2024. TYPSA’s work focuses on the design of the tunnel.