With a new Regional Express Train to link Dakar to the new Senegal international airport and an extension to the Casablanca tramway, ENGIE confirms its commitment to more free-flowing and less polluting forms of mobility in large cities in emerging countries.
By 2050, three-quarters of the world’s population will live in towns and cities. This fact calls for innovations that will result in modes of transport that are fluid, sustainable and highly energy efficient. ENGIE considers transport critical to regional development: as a pioneer in the energy revolution, the Group believes in sustainable urban mobility through innovative transport solutions. With fifty years of experience in Africa behind it, it has recently signed contracts for two projects that illustrate this commitment.
In Senegal, ENGIE Ineo is taking part in a large-scale infrastructure project that forms part of the “Emerging Senegal Plan” launched in the country in 2014. In partnership with Thales, the ENGIE subsidiary will design and implement technical systems of the future Regional Express Train, which will link Dakar to the new Blaise Diagne international airport, a distance of 55 km, in less than 50 minutes by 2020. The project aims to reduce congestion in this city of some 3 million inhabitants who face terrible traffic problems because of daily bottlenecks. The first section, providing a 36-kilometre link between Dakar and the town of Diamniadio, is due to be commissioned at the end of 2018.
The technical systems to be implemented include:
• signaling systems for train regulation and safety management of the switching system,
• high-voltage power supply stations for trains and catenaries,
• online telecommunications systems in the 14 stations and maintenance centers to ensure passenger safety, Wi-Fi connections on board trains and in stations, fire detection and real-time passenger information on platforms and on board trains, as well as a comprehensive ticketing system.
In Casablanca, Morocco, two Group subsidiaries, ENGIE Ineo and ENGIE Cofely Morocco, have been chosen by Casa Transport, the city’s public transport network operator, to contribute to a project to equip the new T2 tram line (22.5 km serving 33 stations in 9 districts, a total of 1 million residents) and extend the T1 line (by 1.8 km to a total length of 23.5 km serving 37 stations).
ENGIE will deploy the Navineo system, designed to regulate operations in real time from a control center, provide information on waiting times and display passenger information in stations and on board trams. ENGIE will also develop other technical operational and safety systems on both lines (rail signaling, video surveillance, intercoms, public address, fire detection, etc.). The lines will be operational in late 2018.