Brussels, 20 June 2016 – Thanks to its experience in similar multi-technical work in a railway environment and its employees’ technical skills, SPIE Belgium has installed the Schuman-Josaphat rail project’s electromechanical equipment professionally and on schedule, on behalf of the operator Infrabel.
SPIE Belgium, a subsidiary of SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, was awarded the contract in 2008. The Schuman-Josaphat rail project consists of two parts: renovation works on the Schuman station and the creation of a new rail tunnel between Schuman and Josaphat. SPIE Belgium developed the electromechanical component of both parts.
Mario Brusselmans, Department Manager Infra at SPIE Belgium, explains: “For the renovation works aimed at transforming Schuman station into a multimodal complex combining the rail and the underground stations, SPIE Belgium took charge of lighting, electrical panels and electromechanical equipment for the tunnel and utility areas, together with the SM Schuman-Josaphat consortium, responsible for all station renovation operations.”
“With regard to the new tunnel linking Schuman to Josaphat”, Mario Brusselmans continues, “our teams – in cooperation with the SM Schuman-Josaphat consortium – carried out signalling and lighting works, installed the water pipe for firefighters and laid the power supply cables. SPIE Belgium also installed the radiating cables and the aerials for radio communications with trains inside the tunnels. Lastly, an installation test and implementation phase was performed for the police and security services, and for communication with train drivers. SPIE Belgium - with the SM CPS consortium - is mainly in charge of the public address system, fire detection, telephony, ventilation, information boards, access controls, and the supply and management of the fire scenario system.”
The quality and pricing of SPIE Belgium’s tenders combined with its experience were decisive in winning these contracts. Successful experience with similar contracts for the RER (regional express network) in Etterbeek-Ottignies and equipment for the Cointe tunnel in Liège – among other projects – were major references for a customer such as Infrabel. Nevertheless, Schuman-Josaphat was SPIE Belgium’s first achievement in combining a tunnel and a rail line.
Currently, 99% of the works have been completed. The station and the tunnel are already being used. During the works, between 50 and 130 of SPIE Belgium’s employees were active on the construction site. Their flexibility and technical skills were a major strength in achieving this ambitious operation.
Infrabel expressed satisfaction with the works carried out by SPIE Belgium: “Infrabel has given a positive assessment of the services provided by SPIE Belgium in the Schuman-Josaphat rail project. The mastery shown by SPIE staff of the various technical skills – project management, work organisation, electrical engineering, assembly and logistics – has greatly contributed to this success. Our demanding requirements have been fully satisfied.”