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Adif and ACCIONA to work together on railway projects in Colombia

09/12/2011

Adif will provide technical support for ACCIONA's participation in tenders for new rail corridors, as well as for the carrying out of improvements and rehabilitation work on existing lines, as part of the Colombian government's ambitious plans to modernize the country's rail network.

The collaboration agreement reasserts Adif's commitment to the international expansion of Spanish companies.

·ACCIONA and Adif join their technical and technological capacity to contribute to Spain's consolidation as a global power in railway technology.

Adif will provide technical support for ACCIONA's participation in tenders for new rail corridors, as well as for the carrying out of improvements and rehabilitation work on existing lines, as part of the Colombian government's ambitious plans to modernize the country's rail network.

The collaboration agreement reasserts Adif's commitment to the international expansion of Spanish companies.

·ACCIONA and Adif join their technical and technological capacity to contribute to Spain's consolidation as a global power in railway technology.

The Chairmen of Adif, Antonio González Marín, and ACCIONA Infrastructure, Pedro Martínez, today signed an agreement in which both companies will collaborate on railway projects in Colombia, in an effort to boost the Spanish railway sector's international expansion process.

Under the terms of the agreement, Adif will provide technical support for ACCIONA Infrastructure in its participation in tenders for the development of new railway corridors in Colombia, as well as for the carrying out of improvements and rehabilitation work on existing lines, as part of the Colombian government's ambitious plans to modernize the country's rail network over the period 2011-2014.

The two-year agreement (which may be extended) is non-exclusive, allowing Adif to come to similar agreements with other Spanish companies. However, according to the specific circumstances and terms and conditions of each particular tender, Adif will inform ACCIONA of its availability (exclusive or shared) for taking part in the collaboration.

In the tenders in which Adif and ACCIONA choose to take part jointly, the state-owned company will provide technical assistance in the project and construction phase and in the railway-running process.

Adif and ACCIONA work together

Adif and ACCIONA plan to work together to boost Spanish railways' presence abroad and also to further technological innovation.

Recently, the chairmen of both companies came to an agreement on research and technological development, giving the construction company access to Adif's Railway Technology Center (RTC) located in the Andalusia Technology Park, in Malaga (Spain).

Under the terms of this agreement, ACCIONA has set up a research lab at the RTC aimed at boosting its innovation capacity in the field of railway technology. This way, the construction company and Adif bring together their capacity in an effort to consolidate Spain's position as a global power in the railway sector.

ACCIONA has assigned a six-strong team of researchers to the new Malaga-based technology center where work will focus on cutting-edge technological innovation in the railway sector.

Joint research priorities include: superstructure elements for tracks and auxiliary structures using composites, leading to greater durability and lower electromagnetic interference; elastomers for reducing vibration in the entire railway environment, and special composites for stabilizing ballast for high speed rail infrastructures.

In addition, the RTC will encourage both companies to work together to create public-private consortia for presenting R&D projects to national and EU tenders or for running jointly for international calls for tender in the railway sector.

In this respect, Adif and ACCIONA hold a shared project portfolio featuring outstanding projects such as the advanced kinetic energy storage system known as SA2VE, with a budget of 10 million euros in the area of energy sustainability; the Aerotúnel project for the design of a wind tunnel for experiments in railway aerodynamics dedicated to the future Test and Experiment Ring, located in Antequera (Malaga); and the project presented recently at the INNPACTO 2011 program (backed by Spain's Ministry of Science and Innovation) for the design and development of a prototype multifunction screen for railway lines.

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