Framework agreement for technical consultants to the Norwegian ERTMS National Implementation Project
As leader of the grouping of companies established by Técnica y Proyectos S.A. (Spain), Norconsult (Norway) and Technogarden (Norway), Italferr has signed a framework agreement called “Framework agreement for technical consultants to the Norwegian ERTMS National Implementation Project” with the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket), with a view to providing technical assistance in relation to the project for the technological upgrading of the existing signalling systems installed on the Norwegian railway network, and the sequential implementation of the ERTMS technology on the following subsystems: ERTMS System Integration, ERTMS Trackside Signalling Systems, Traffic Management Systems.
The framework agreement provides for assistance by signalling engineers, who will be involved throughout the project life cycle, from preparing the tender documentation, participating in the tender assessment process, assisting in the conclusion of contracts with suppliers and during the testing stage.
The core project activities will be carried out under individual contracts, for which an additional tender phase is envisaged.

Independent Project Verification Follo Line
In 2015, the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) awarded an EPC TBM contract for the design, procurement and construction of the Follo Line to the “Acciona Ghella Joint Venture” (AGJV).
Consequently, the AGJV engaged the Swiss-based company Lombardi SA and Italferr to act as independent verifiers, with the task, in particular, to verify the design deliverables for the Railway Systems, with reference to: Permanent way materials, Overhead Line Equipment (OHLE), Overhead Contact Line (OCL), Light & Electrical Power (LEP), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS).
The Follo Line is a new double-track rail line, approx. 64 km long, from the Oslo Central Station, featuring a design speed of 250 km/h .
The EPC TBM contract envisages the following construction works: a twin-tube rail tunnel about 19 km long; an intermediate underground emergency rescue area, including the TBM assembly chambers, the rescue tunnels and related bypass routes at Åsland; two emergency escape tunnels each measuring about 3 km in length, with the related bypasses; the electromechanical equipment, including the ventilation and smoke extraction system, fire doors and fire-fighting system; the rail installations (except for the signalling system).
The engagement as verifier became effective in January 2016 and will expire in November 2017.