New signalling deal for AŽD Praha in Belarus
Czech supplier of railway signalling equipment AŽD Praha continues the long-term partnership with Belarusian Railways. The company will install new signalling equipment on the Zhlobin – Kalinkovichi – Slovechna railway and upgrade the Kalinkovichi junction in southeast Belarus. The entire project is worth 290 million Korunas (11.3 million Euros).
Within the first stage, AŽD Praha will supply ABE-1-BC electronic automatic block system and diagnostic system for the Zhlobin – Yashchitsy section of the railway line. The works will be carried out together with local partner BETZ (Brest Electrotechnical Plant). The project also includes installation of interlocking equipment at 14 railway stations: AŽD Praha will provide its system of ESA 44-BC type to five stations, BETZ will deliver its own system ‘Dnepr’ to nine stations. The works will be completed by the end of 2021.
The second phase of the project will take place at the Kalinkovichi railway junction. AŽD Praha will equip the station with interlocking system type ESA 44-BC, signalling equipment ABE-1-BC, diagnostic systems and power stands. Czech company will provide 188 switches at the junction with its products. “AŽD Praha will produce and deliver all the technologies on the “turnkey” basis,” noted Zdeněk Chrdle, CEO of AŽD Praha. The installation of the whole system should be accomplished by the middle of this year.
AŽD Praha is cooperating with Belarusian Railways for a few years. Thus, the Czech company has already participated in the modernisation of several railway lines: Polotsk – Vitebsk, Zhlobin – Gomel, Minsk Severnyi – Zhdanovichi and others. Within these projects, AŽD Praha installed new signalling, interlocking equipment and level crossing systems.