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Some Mafex members with projects in the MENA region

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Some Mafex members with projects in the MENA region

The company wants to reinforce its presence in this area. CAF Signalling, accounting its own Turkish subsidiary (CAF Sinyalizasyon), has participated in the implementation of the modern transportation network of Turkey, as is the case of the Antalya Municipality Light Rail. The projects in Turkey are joining other great achievements of the company, as the first line in Egypt with modern signalling, where last generation SIL-4 electronic interlockings were implemented by CAF Signalling.

Project: Operations Management System for the Moroccan Rail Operator ONCF.  The system includes the on board equipment supplied by GMV for a fleet of 410 locomotives and a modern control center from where the fleet is managed in real time. The project includes integration with existing corporate systems and the provision of information on the position of the vehicles to of third parties. The various extensions of the system include the web page for passenger information as well as 200 alert terminals for ONCF operators.

Saudi Arabia:
Project: On Board Systems for Saudi Arabia’s High Speed. In this project, GMV has supplied Talgo four on board systems: Public address and intercommunication; CCTV video surveillance; a specific event capturing system in the Ethernet backbone of the train, which incorporates a multi-interface communications interface between the train and ground communications; and an interface for onboard diagnostic display at each train car. After finishing the engineering and development phase, the first article inspection (FAI) for each of the systems supplied have recently been executed. To do this, Talgo and the auditor Deutsche Bahn International visited GMV factory in Valladolid.

Project: Supply of equipment for the new Talgo trains in Kazakhstan. Talgo has awarded GMV an EGRU supply system 603 of cars of various types, forming up to 22 compositions. This system allows, via Ethernet connection to the onboard network event, the recording and capture of diagnostic information from existing systems; routing between different local train networks and a redundant communication channel with several interfaces: WiFi and cellular. It incorporates 4G cellular communications; and: HSPA (3.5G), UMTS (3G), EDGE (2.5G) and GPRS (2G). It is approved by major European standards (EN 50155, EN 50121, EN 61373) and in this project it will also meet GOST standards commonly used in Kazakhstan.

Egypt:  Siemens is developing a project for the Egyptian railway company ENR, to deliver 260 kilometres of signalling on the rail corridors between Zagazig and Abu Kebir, in the north of Cairo, and between Banha and Port Said. The project includes the installation of electronic interlockings, level crossings and communications, among other systems.

Saudi Arabia: Mecca-Medina High-Speed Line: Siemens is implementing its rail signalling and control technology, including its ERTMS Level 2 systems on track and on board for the line’s 34 trains, as well as its Centralized Traffic Control, electronic interlockings and LED signals. The contract also includes a twelve-year maintenance period.

-Ankara-Konya High-Speed Line: Siemens has commissioned its ERTMS Level 1 system and is currently working on doing the same with its ERTMS Level 2. In addition it is supplying electronic interlockings, jointless track circuits and its Controlguide Rail 9000 Centralized Traffic Control system.

-‘Marmaray’ Project: This project includes the ERTMS Level 1 and CBTC track systems, electronic interlockings, train detection equipment, LED signals, Centralized Traffic Control, telecommunications and SCADA systems for the entire project, as well as maintenance for a two-year period. The section that runs under the Bosphorus Strait was opened on 29 October 2013.

-Bandirma – Balikesir – Manisa – Menemen Line:  Siemens is installing its ERTMS protection system, Levels 1 and 2, both on track and on board, as well as its automatic train braking system, electronic interlockings, jointless track circuits, motors machines, track signals, GSM-R, fixed voice and data communications, and Centralized Traffic Control.

-Hasanbey Logistics Centre: Siemens has installed the signalling system, which includes electronic interlockings, train detection equipment, LED signals, electrical point drives and point heaters, as well as the power, distribution and UPS systems and the technical buildings.

Algeria: In 2006, Invensys Rail Dimetronic (now Siemens) was awarded the contract to supply the signalling for Line 1 of the Algiers Metro. In 2015 Siemens was again awarded a signalling contract in which Siemens Spain is participating with the supply of electronic interlockings, as well as drives, motors and signals.

CAF is the one of the main rolling stock suppliers in Algeria. In 2009, the company supplied 14 metro units to Entrepise du Metro d’Argel (EMA), the operator of Algiers metro system. These units run on the first Alger metro line that joins Haï el Badr and Tafourah Grande Poste. At present, CAF is manufacturing 12 new metro units for line 1 extension of this metro system. Furthermore, Algeria’s national railway operator (SNTF) operate regional diesel trains supplied by CAF, between 2007 and 2009.

In Turkey State Turkish Rail (TCDD) awarded Indra a contract to implement a planning system for its entire rail network, as well as a high-speed train management system.

Indra is setting up a new control center in Ankara, equipped with cutting-edge technology, from which operational planning will take place for the country’s 12,000 km railroad network, both conventional lines and high-speed tracks. Furthermore, the DaVinci system, which has established itself as the world’s most advanced rail traffic management platform, will support comprehensive high-speed rail traffic management in Turkey, where the Ankara-Estambul and Ankara-Konya high-speed lines are currently operational

In Saudi Arabia, the company is going to implement the entire ticketing and access control technology and cell phone payment solutions in the new public transportation system currently under construction in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.This is the biggest ticketing project in the world up-to-date that includes the most advanced technology for pricing control, a control center, systems for 1,000 buses, and access control and ticketing equipment for six subway lines and bus stops. In this country Indra deployed its cutting-edge technology in Mecca-Medina High Speed Line.

In Algeria, Indra will supply the ticketing systems for the 27 stations and four interchanges planned for the first section, which is 16.2 km long, as well as the validation equipment for the first 26 trolleys of a total fleet of 39 vehicles. Indra’s technology will be used to process and manage both magnetic tickets and contactless cards simultaneously, speeding up boarding times. As an open system it will also guarantee interoperability—in other words, multimodal management, by incorporating and integrating with the payment systems of other types of transport, and multi-operator management since different companies will be able to use the system.

In Egypt, Indra implemented in 2103 a new control and ticket sales system with contact-less technology in Cairo’s Subway, the first network to be built on the African continent, in order to reduce operating costs, provide an information technology platform that streamlines and improves the efficiency of its administrative and offer improvements to its passengers.

In Morocco, The Spanish consortium formed by Adif and Indra will install the Da Vinci technological platform as a computer solution for the integrated management of traffic on the Moroccan railway network.


Bombardier has participated in the development project of 6 Metro lines in the city of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), which is carrying out the Ar-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA). Specifically, Bombardier participates in the consortium of Line 3, and supplies the vehicles. The project includes the delivery of 47 2-car trains Innovia Metro 300, equipped with Mitrac propulsion engines.

Bombardier Trápaga’s Factory carried out RoQ’s project management (propulsion and bogies), the development of the propulsion control software, and led the start-up and support in the scope of RoQ. The first vehicle arrived in Riyadh a few months ago and is currently undergoing testing.


ArcelorMittal has participated in high-speed first line of ​​North Africa and the Middle East; Tangier-Kenitra line, first step to create 1500 km of railways in Morocco and “Mecca-Medina high-speed r​ailway” project in Saudi Arabia, where we collaborated in other projects as Hoffuf-Riyadh renewal line and also Metro projects as Riyadh’s Metro new lines 4,5 and 6. We were also present in Tram projects such as Tunisia’s Tram renewal and we were involved in rail supplying for several projects in Algeria and Tunisia. ArcelorMittal has developed the most modern systems for its manufacture and control, which allows us to develop products that meet the most stringent requirements: greater reliability, geometric precision, strict flatness and the highest quality of the market.


The Getinsa-Euroestudios Group has conducted the studies and the detailed design of ventilations systems for three stations on Line 4 of Tehran Metro: Darvaze Dolat; Darvaze Shemroun and Ferdosi, including the associated tunnels. The scope of the ventilation studies comprise all the equipment and systems required to pull fresh air into the stations in normal operating conditions, and to ensure fast smoke extraction in the event of a fire in the stations or in the tunnels. The assignment includes the architectural and structural drawings of the 3 stations and the associated tunnels, three-dimensional simulations with CFX software and the detailed design of the said facilities.


One of the most ambitious and iconic projects currently in development in Middle East, Riyadh Metro, will be equipped with NEM Solutions technology. The contract, signed in December 2016, includes the supply of NEM Solutions’ Wheel & Rail Dr. (WRD) for Line 2 of the new metro systems in the Kingdom’s capital city.

NEM Solutions’ Wheel & Rail Dr. (WRD) is designed to identify surface defects in railway vehicle wheels, reporting its findings through A.U.R.A wheel, the world’s most advanced railway wheel wear management platform, with over 58 million wheel measurements (and counting). On the other hand, SAR & SRO have advanced critical asset  management thanks to NEM Solutions. A.U.R.A and its different railway critical assets expert management modules A.U.R.A wheel, A.U.R.A trace and A.U.R.A lube, are currently in operation both in SAR (North South Line) and in SRO (Riyadh-Dammam Line). These modules are generating incredible value in advanced management of bogies and lubricated equipment, enabling life cycle optimization and critical failure anticipation.

NEM Solutions brings technology and expert industry knowledge that minimize the consequences associated to the extremely adverse operational conditions that are ever present in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



Over half of Alstom Spain’s revenue comes from exports. And the region composed of North Africa and the Middle East is, due to its proximity, one of Alstom’s main markets. All the business divisions (signalling, security, train manufacturing, electrification, maintenance and services) have projects in this region. For example, over 200 trams manufactured in Barcelona are running in the main cities of Algeria (Annaba, Algiers, Constantine, Ouargla, Mostaganem, Oran, Sétif and Sidi Bel Abbès). At present Alstom Spain’s plant has already begun production on 25 trains for Qatar’s tram network, one of the key mobility projects for the 2022 World Cup.

As a global centre of excellence, Alstom Spain’s engineering centre and its technology laboratories located in Madrid are in charge of developing and implementing passenger safety and information systems on all the projects that the Alstom Group carries out in the region. As an example, Alstom Spain is developing the passenger safety and information system for three of the six lines making up the future Riyadh metro, the largest urban project in the world currently being developed.

Other teams are also implementing projects in the region, such as the infrastructures area, which has developed the electrification systems of around ten tram projects in Algeria. Regarding projects of the railway maintenance unit, we could highlight the projects executed in Tunisia, Israel and Algeria, where Alstom Spain has fine-tuned the braking systems of various tram units.


Amurrio Ferrocarril y Equipos S.A. has supplied more than 50 AV4 model turnouts for ballast installation, designed and also manufactured to allow speeds up to 350 km/h in direct track and 170 km./h.in the deviated track. Its design and manufacturing are taking into consideration the exceptional environmental and climatic conditions they have to endure. The logistics of this project are also especially complicated, since there are pieces up to 54 m. length, which must be shipped from several ports of Spain.


CETEST has been involved in some projects in Saudi Arabia. Supply and installation of train instrumentation for track measurements in Haramain project, on field dynamic test campaign on lines Riyadh‐Al Hadita and Zabirah‐Raz as Khair for SAR (CAF). EMC and noise tests have already been scheduled. Previously, on field dynamic tests were also performed on line Damman‐Riyadh for SRO. In Abu Dhabi, CETEST developed EMC tests for a Sand remover in Etihad Rail Project.


Saudi Arabia: Modernization of Customs of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced a network of communication in customs with 36 large-format totems of high performance with the DenevaDS communication platform. The platform of ICON Multimedia was fully adapted into Arabic. The objective was to offer to all the people who pass by their customs offices, information and signage of diverse interest, mainly of the customs services that monitor the entry and exit to the country.

The whole of the content offered by Saudi Custom and Deneva comply with Sharia Law. Platform Deneva and also ICON Multimedia had to be approved in content Halal, being the 1st European Halal Certified in digital content.

This project was awarded to ICON with The “Astrolabya Mariam to the Model of Innovation”, for his contribution to the development of innovation through the concept ‘halal’ as well as the recognition CEX for Business Excellence in cases of international success.

Algeria: Modernization of the Traveler Information System of the Line Thenia-Tizi Ouzou (Algeria).  Within the project for the improvement of the railway line Thenia-Tizi Ouzou in Algeria, the Iberian Society of Electric Constructions, S.A. (SICE), implemented as a system of information management to the traveler DenevaDS transIT’s new line of ICON Multimedia, the system manages the information on both monitors, indicators and a PA system of the ten stations that make up the line between the two populations, showing contents related mainly with the schedules of the services, in the Arabic, French and English. In total managing more than 80 devices.

As in the previous case, both the platform and the contents offered in line with the platform Deneva meet the Halal certification of digital content.



IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, a firm providing services in these specialist areas, has intensified its presence in MENA and Central Asia in recent years. As can be seen on our website (www.Idom.com), we now have 5 offices in the region. IDOM’s contribution to railway development in these countries has been has been in the design and modernization of railway infrastructure of all types of rail transport (metro, tram, conventional rail). All the projects we develop involve the analysis and design of new urban transport lines including urban architecture and integration, the design of stations, workshops and depots, tracks, signalling systems, ticketing, energy, and information systems. The work we undertake allows these lines to be operated following international standards while considering local constraints.

IDOM has developed in the following infrastructure projects, from the previous studies (alternatives, demand, traffic, financial and economic studies), to the preliminary and basic designs, and the operations and maintenance plans necessary for the bidding of the works. On some of our projects, such as the tramway of Constantine in Algeria, we are also undertaking the supervision of the works and testing.

The following are some of the projects being undertaken by IDOM, which thanks to the investment by different railway authorities, will be providing service in the coming years.

 Almaty tramway (Kazajastan). 14 km of a new tramway (LRT) line, financed by the EBRD under a PPP scheme.

  • Extension of line 1 of the Tramway of Constantine (Algeria). The 10.3 km line with 12 stations departs from the Zouaghi multimodal station to connect with the new urban development of Ali-Mendjeli.
  • On the Metro of Algiers, IDOM is developing the Ain Naadja – Baraki section. Running over 6.2 km and with 6 stations, this line will connect these two congested districts to the city centre.
  • On the Istanbul Metro (Turkey), IDOM is designing the Vezneceli- Sultangazi line, 17 km with 12 stations running east to west from Vezneciler to Sultangazi, and passing under the Famous Fatih Mosque district.

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