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WORK IN PROGRESS

Italferr "Main Designer" of the Sarmiento Line
After two years of preliminary specialist activities carried out under minor contracts, on 18 March 2018 Italferr Italferr signed a contract with the Consorzio G&S  that establishes the Company as "Main Designer" for the Sarmiento line project, including all design work and technical support during construction.
The project provides for:
- burying the central 18 km of the line in a single bore tunnel (TBM excavation)
- 8 below-ground stations (cavern excavation)
- upgrading the above-ground sections
- electrification at 25 kv 50 Hz and the construction of 3 new electrical substations
- the implementation of a signalling system to operate with the national ATS system, plus preparatory works for the ETCS Level 2 system
- complete renewal of the track and equipment
- resolving road and pedestrian obstacles
- a new maintenance centre for the whole fleet (70 trains) plus renewal of the existing centre at Castelar.
Because of its technical complexity and the volume of the Italferr services, the activities will have a duration of about 5 years starting from March 2018.

COMPLETED PROJECT

Support and design services for the Soterramiento Sarmiento project
Italferr concluded a contract with the temporary grouping of companies UTE CNS Union Temporal de Empresas Consorzio Nuevo Sarmiento for the railway engineering part of the "Soterramiento Sarmiento" project.
The project involves the full rehabilitation of the Sarmiento rail line (36 km long from the centre of Buenos Aires to the city’s western suburbs), and particularly the construction of a new underground section (18 km) with the top of rail designed at a depth of -22 m below ground level, by means of TBM tunnelling. Furthermore, the project also envisages the construction of 9 new stations using the conventional NATM method, except for one which will be built with the cut-and-cover method. The tunnel will feature an internal diameter of 10.4 m and provide a metropolitan-style service, with a ridership of over 150 million per year.
The contract is split into 3 stages during which Italferr will provide design and support services to assist CNS in creating the Integrated Rail System for the project (signalling, communications, energy, permanent way, operations, tunnel installations, RAMS, maintenance facilities, interfacing and rolling stock). All activities will be coordinated with the civil works.
PHASE 1: Initial technical support in order to define the basic specifications for the Integrated Railway System, together with the CNS Consortium and the Client.
PHASE 2Developing the basic engineering required to fully identify the planned Integrated System and produce the specifications for distribution to the various system suppliers.
PHASE 3: Providing the CNS with back-up for defining the procurement strategy to identify suppliers and develop procurement activities, with a view to finalising supply contracts and system installation.
Operations began in May 2016 and are scheduled to end in 2017.