Ansaldo STS leads the consortium with an 81.8% share, which equates to
around Euros 202 million, and includes the installation of the European
Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), interlockings, trackside
equipment, the control centre, and power supplies. The work covered by
the contract will take around three years to complete.

The 551km
Surt - Benghazi line is the first phase of a line that will stretch
along the length of Libya's Mediterranean coast from Tunisia to Egypt.
The line will initially use diesel locomotives operating at up to
160km/h, although it will later switch to electric traction with a
maximum operating speed of 250km/h. China Railway Construction is
building the adjoining 352km Surt - Misratah - Al Khums section and the
172km western stretch of the line between Tripoli and the Tunisian
border at Ras Adjir.

Last year Ansaldo STS was awarded the
signalling, telecommunications, and power supply contract for both of
these sections, as well as the 992km inland branch from Al Hishah to
Waddan and Sabha.