Morocco – Tangier-Casablanca HSL
SYSTRA was awarded a contract by the Moroccan railway operator, ONCF, to design Africa’s first high speed line - the new line between Tangier and Kenitra in Morocco and between Casablanca and Tangier.
Thanks to this high speed line, the journey time between Casablanca, the country’s largest city and Tangier will be reduced from 5 hours 45 to 2 hours 10. The line is due for commissioning in 2018.
Hampered by numerous geotechnical constraints, it has been necessary to build a tunnel or bridge every 700 metres or so. Climatic conditions and seismic risks also had to be taken into consideration.
Morocco’s Transportation Programme aims to connect most of the country’s cities with a population of over 400 000, leading to the construction of around 1500 km of high speed lines by 2050.
SYSTRA is responsible for the entire 183 km section between Kenitra and Tangier from preliminary designs through to construction. Responsibilities include:
- Geotechnical surveys (seismic surveys, flood plains and soil composition)
- Basic designs (from Tangier to Kenitra)
- Project management of the southern section between Larache and Kenitra (110 km)
- Project management of the maintenance site and stabling yard in Tangier
- Assisting the contracting authority to manage environmental and social issues
- MEP studies
Specific features include the need to lay a bituminous base course to guarantee the stability of the track and to alignment modifications to protect the environment.
SYSTRA is also responsible for renovating the existing track and the design and development of Kenitra station.