May 13, 2021

Adif is putting out to tender the electrification works of 103 km of the Madrid-Extremadura AVE




The board of directors of Adif Alta Velocidad has authorized the award of works for the overhead contact line facilities and its associated systems in the Peñas Blancas-Mérida-Badajoz-Portuguese Border Bifurcation section, belonging to the High Speed ​​Line ( LAV) Madrid-Extremadura, with a length of 103.4 kilometers.

The works have been awarded to the company Charges Facilities and Services for an amount of 24,147,280.47 euros (VAT included), and have an execution period of 18 months, Adif Alta Velocity reported in a press release.

The project technically and economically defines the actions and requirements, both functional and operational, for carrying out work related to overhead contact line installations and associated systems for the aforementioned section, for the purpose of electrification in the 2×25 kV system, typical of high speed. This contract will be executed along different sections of the platform from the Peñas Blancas Bifurcation (approximately pk 125/210) to the border with Portugal (approximately pk 198/770).

The works will be carried out along some 103.4 km, mostly double track. They are located in the following several railway lines, including the High Speed ​​Line Madrid-Extremadura, and specifically in the San Rafael-Cuarto de la Jara, Cuarto de la Jara-Arroyo de la Albuera, Cortijo de la Araya-Mérida, Estación de Mérida, Cuarto de la Jara-Cortijo de la Araya, Mérida-Montijo , Montijo-Badajoz, Badajoz Station, Badajoz-Portuguese Border.

It also affects the Aljucén-Cáceres line, from the Aljucén station (pk 0) to the interchange at Peñas Blancas (pk 17/400); and the Ciudad Real-Badajoz-Portuguese Border line, from the Ciudad Real side of the Mérida station (pk 452) to the junction at La Isla Bifurcation (pk 464/800), around the Montijo station (from PK 475/500 to PK 478/200) and from Bifurcation San Nicolás (approximately PK 498) to the Portuguese border (approximately PK 517/600).

This project also includes the electrification of the Mérida, Aljucén, Montijo and Badajoz stations, Advancement Stations and Train Parking (PAET), Blockade Post (PB) and singular areas. Similarly, the project includes needle heating systems, whose mission is to avoid freezing of track changes, as well as tunnel lighting systems.

The actions contemplated in the project are divided into Two phases. The first, with an execution period of 12 months, includes electrification from Bifurcation Peñas Blancas-Badajoz-Portuguese Border; and the second, for a period of six months, the electrification of the Mérida by-pass and the duplication of the track between Aljucén and Mérida.

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