Prysmian cables increase fire safety on railway
Prysmian will supply the Avrasya Metro Group (AMG) with Afumex fire-resistant power cables in the Kadikoy-Kartal metro line in Istanbul, Turkey.
With 16 stations, 22km of double track and eight-car trains travelling in both directions every 1.5 minutes, the Kadikoy-Kartal metro line will cross the Anatolian side of Istanbul from Kadikoy to Kartal, connecting the European and Asian sides of the city with a link to the Marmaray rail tunnel under the Bosphorus strait.
The system will provide secure and fast transportation across the city, carrying up to 90,000 persons/hour in both directions for a total of one million passengers a day.
Construction is expected to take 19 months and to be completed by the end of 2011, and will require Prysmian to supply 300km of medium-voltage wired armoured cables and more than 1,300km of low-voltage fire-resistant and low-fire-hazard (LS0H) Afumex cables.
The Afumex range of cables combines low flame spread and heat release with very low emission of smoke and dangerous gases, increasing the amount of time needed to escape and a less hazardous environment for rescue teams.
Fire-resistant cables also assure continuous operation of the power supply and of signalling systems during a fire.
'Our Afumex cables can help prevent the propagation of a fire and produce the least opaque smoke and harmful emissions as possible, essential in infrastructure projects,' said Hans Hoegstedt, Prysmian Power Distribution - trade and installers director.
Prysmian has also installed its fire-resistant, low-fire-hazard cables in buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, Hamburg Airport and the Wimbledon tennis stadium in the UK.
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