Electrification commissioned for JadeWeserPort port railway
Rail Power Systems of Munich was commissioned today with the planning and construction of the four-kilometre feeder line electrification and the 16-track pre-routing group at JadeWeserPort Wilhelmshaven. The construction work for the approx. EUR 7 million expansion of the infrastructure between the “Oelweiche” junction and the port will begin mid-year with completion planned for the timetable change in December 2022 and coincident with the Deutsche Bahn electrification of the Oldenburg – Wilhelmshaven main line. Rail Power Systems is a general contractor for rail infrastructure and a leading international provider of rail electrification and power supply systems. It is a subsidiary of Tianjin Keyvia Electric Co., Ltd based in Tianjin, China, and was awarded the tender against other bidders.
The customer is Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven JadeWeserPort-Marketing GmbH & Co. KG, whose managing director Andreas Bullwinkel commented: “This work completes the rail infrastructure of Germany’s only deep-water container port. We are pleased that this marks the end of the expansion measures for the entire railway line between Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven.”
Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxony’s Economics Minister and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven JadeWeserPort-Marketing GmbH said: “With the forthcoming electrification of the feeder line and the pre-routing group of the port railway, we are optimizing the rail hinterland connection for JadeWeserPort in order to offer national and international customers ideal conditions for rail services.”
The 16-track pre-routing group functions as a buffer between the container port and the hinterland with connections to important economic centres in Germany and the industrial regions of Northern Europe. Up to 12 full-length trains can be dispatched here at the same time. It is an integral part of the JadeWeserPort port railway, which connects the port’s freight village and the terminal directly with the hinterland.