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1st slice of the TER of Dakar : ENGIE Ineo and Thales for the meeting of their commitments


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The whole of the line which will be launched in 2020 will link Dakar and the new Blaise Diagne international airport in 45 minutes (14 stations – 55 km of rail tracks). This exceptional project will provide Dakar and its suburbs as a means of transport ultra-modern, bringing together the finest technologies in terms of safety, reliability, comfort and services to the user. It is part of the ” Plan Senegal Emergent “, which was launched in 2014 to the economic and social development of the country. It also highlights the ambitions of ENGIE and of Thales in favour of a intelligent mobility and progress that is harmonious, respectful of the planet and to a better human development.

A multi-technique franco-senegalese has been put in place to address this grand challenge and enable Senegal to have its first railway line, incorporating the most powerful solutions.

The best expertise in a short period of time

ENGIE Ineo and Thales confirm their place among the leaders in the areas of energy and rail systems for which they were selected.

ENGIE Ineo driver the entire general studies at the design stage, ensuring the project management and overseeing the testing of the overall integration of the TER. The teams ENGIE Ineo and Thales are involved for the implementation of all the technical systems, involving in particular the electrification of railway TER, positions of power trains and stations, the Wifi in the stations and in the trains, or the safety systems of the people in the stations but also the signalling system ETCS (european train control) level 2, providing the speed control, the positions of switches computerized, the position of centralised traffic control system (PCC), the train detection counters of axles, the system of passenger information, as well as the ticketing system of the central and the porticos at each station.

The conditions of realization of the project, which passes through the dense area of the capital, bear witness to the know-how of the teams ENGIE Ineo and Thales, which have been able to in a period particularly restricted to in-service electrical systems on a major part of the line, as well as related equipment necessary for the event of 14 January. In connection with the education offices in nantes, paris and toulouse, more than 360 employees have been mobilized ; 252 km of cables held, 2 700 m3 of concrete poured and 2,000 masts posed.

Engineers and technicians senegalese have been integrated in the project from the design phase, and several local companies have been involved in the realization by ensuring a transfer of skills between the teams.

A harmonious collaboration and constructive between the different partners in the service of the project

A collaborative activity is harmonious between the many companies involved in the construction can also be hailed. The holding period was the case of all in the different work packages of the project. The coordination, in particular with the APIX, master of works, and Senelec (Société nationale d’électricité du Sénégal) has proven to be particularly effective.

Yann Rolland, President and Chief executive officer of ENGIE Ineo, said : ” We have been able to manage the complexity of the site and design a TER the last generation for the Senegal. We welcome the expertise and commitment of the APIX. We will continue in this momentum to the second part connecting Diamniadio international airport is 19 km away. Our desire is to continue our growth and to participate in projects in our areas of expertise which are part of the Group’s development strategy ENGIE “.

Yves Joannic, Director-general of the signaling activities outline of
Thales : ” Leader in railway signalling systems, Thales makes its expertise and its innovation capacity at the service of this grand project that is the TER of Dakar. Thales provides its latest generation of products for optimum exploitation and all security of the line. Eventually, the TER will link the centre of Dakar to the new airport Blaise Diagne in 45 minutes, thus contributing to the economic and social development of the country “.


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