28 October 2020

Denmark continues its energy transition by electrifying its railway lines. On the island of Zealand, the country’s largest and most populous island, SYSTRA began electrification work on the Roskilde – Holbæk line on 1 September.

This is a major step in the conduct of the Danish Electrification Programme for the country’s entire railway network. The work will be carried out on behalf of our client Banedanmark, the Danish rail infrastructure manager, and is planned in such a way that train operations can be maintained throughout the construction period.

Energy transition in the spotlight

The aim of the railway network electrification is to prepare the track for the electric trains of the future, a major component in the transition to a power supply that will significantly benefit the environment, while improving the network’s safety, efficiency and reliability. As part of the preparation of the Roskilde – Holbæk section, more than 1,000 masts will be set up and overhead lines will be hung above both tracks.

SYSTRA: delivering exceptional projects

SYSTRA, in a consortium, has provided multidisciplinary advisory and expert services on the electrification of more than 1,300km of line since 2013, in line with Denmark’s Electrification Programme. The inauguration of the first electrified section of the railway took place in 2017.

Speaking about SYSTRA’s involvement to date in Denmark’s Electrification Programme, Project Manager Antoine Chatelain commented: “Our electrification team comprises highly skilled engineers with unrivalled expertise in power supply and catenary systems. Our solid reputation in these fields has enabled us to continue our work on the electrification of Denmark’s railway network and we look forward to assisting our client in the next stages of this programme, right up to its successful completion.”  

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