Alstom wins contract worth €58 million for the completion and maintenance of Citadis trams for Tunisia’s capital city



20 July 2010

Alstom wins contract worth €58 million for the completion and maintenance of Citadis trams for Tunisias capital city

TRANSTU, the Tunis transit authority, has awarded Alstom a contract valued at €58 million to supply 16 additional Citadis tramsets and maintenance services for its entire fleet of Citadis trams.

The new tramsets are slated to meet growing passenger transportation needs arising from the extensions of line 1 to "El Mourouj" and of line 2 to "La Manouba". The 16 additional trams will be identical to the 39 Citadis tramsets that Alstom delivered to TRANSTU between 2007 and 2009. In operation since October 2007 on the networks line 1, the trams carry over 460,000 passengers per day. Tunis represents the first city in the Maghreb region to acquire the Citadis technology in 2005. Algiers, Casablanca, Constantine, Oran and Rabat also selected the Citadis tramway range.

Additionally, Alstom will also provide maintenance service for the entire fleet of 55 Citadis tramsets over a five-year period.

This new order follows the cooperation/partnership framework agreement concerning air, sea, land and rail transport, which was signed in Tunis on 23 April 2009 between the Ministry of Transport of Tunisia, Abderahim Zouari, and Dominique Bussereau, Frances secretary of state for transport.

Alstom Transport in Tunisia: Alstom Transport has a 20-year presence in Tunisia and leads the transport sector with 36 % of the market. In 2008, Alstom completed electrification work for the extension of the No. 1 tramway line to "El Mourouj" and has also been awarded a contract for the electrification of the Tunis-Borj Cedria rail line (Southern suburb of Tunis) by the SNCFT (Tunisian Railways). This contract, which Alstom is directing as part of a consortium, marks the first phase of the rapid rail network (RFR) construction project for the greater Tunis region. This contract will also contribute to an improvement in environmental quality by favouring the use of electricity over diesel power. Additionally, Alstom, as leader of a consortium comprising Thales and two Tunisian companies, EGMS and Bonna–Tunisia, submitted in January 2010 a technical offer for the construction of two new lines of approximately 18 km long for the RFR project. This bid which is based on both Alstom expertise in the area of infrastructure, concerns a depot-workshop, tracks, power supply, catenary line, signalling system and telecommunications. The RFR will ultimately comprise five lines totalling 85 kilometres. It will have a capacity of over 20,000 passengers per hour and per line between the suburbs of Tunis and the centre of the capital.

About the Citadis Tramway: To date, 1,382 Citadis trams have been ordered by 34 cities throughout the world, and more than 60 additional cities are planning tramway projects for the coming years. Tramways have enjoyed unprecedented success since they enable cities, such as Tunis, to develop sustainable mobility, rethink and modernize urban areas, enhance their architectural heritage and expand their prestige.

About Alstom Transport Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail market, with sustainable transport always in mind. Alstom Transport can manage an entire transport system, from rolling stock to signalling and infrastructure, and offers turnkey solutions. In 2009-2010, Alstom Transport recorded sales of €5.8 billion. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and has 27,000 employees.

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