Sociedad Espanola de Montajes (SEMI), part of Spain’s ACS conglomerate, has won a USD 500 million build operate and maintain contract for electrification of rail infrastructure in Israel.
The contract will cover work on 420 kilometers on 13 lines—more than 60% of the company’s existing and planned network. It includes construction of 14 substations and controls systems for the 25 kV 50 Hz power supply.
The project is part of an overall $3-billion electrification program that includes related infrastructure and new electrical locomotives designed to convert most of the state-owned company’s inter-urban network from diesel to electricity. “The electrification project will revolutionize the company and enable us to double the number of trains and passengers,” said Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tzafrir.
Under the terms of the contract, SEMI will also provide maintenance for 10 years with an option for a 15 year extension.
“We expect work will get underway in February on the new line to Jerusalem,” said an Israel Railways official. Construction of the 56-kilometer, $2-billion high speed line to Jerusalem, set to be completed in March; it will be the first line to operate on electricity. The line includes five tunnels—a total length of 20 kilometers—and 20 bridges. In August, Israel Railways began laying track for the line’s western section.