About the project

With total costs of around CHF 22.8 billion and a construction period of 21 years, the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) is one of the most ambitious major projects ever undertaken in Switzerland.

The Lötschberg Base Tunnel has been in operation since 2007. The Gotthard Base Tunnel – the longest railway tunnel in the world at 57 kilometres – went into operation in 2016. At the end of 2020, the NRLA was completed with the commissioning of the Ceneri Base Tunnel.

With the three base tunnels and further extensions, Switzerland has created a high-performance rail infrastructure through the Alps. The NRLA shortens the journey time between north and south for passengers by up to one hour, and reduces the environmental impact of freight transport on account of the flat railway environment.

Acceptance of the catenary system

Test drive at 275 km/h for the high speed trials as part of the commissioning of the GBT

Measurements in the GBT for the functional verification of the traction power supply

Acceptance measurements in the CBT by Enotrac employees

Acceptance as part of commissioning

Measurements for the verification of the current collection quality in the GBT

Measurements of current distribution in the supply and return conductors in the CBT

Acceptance of the catenary system

Our contribution

Enotrac have taken on a variety of tasks for stakeholders during the construction of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel. These included quality assurance during the creation of the tunnel radio system, as well as the design and dimensioning of the traction current system for the then basic expansion of the LBT on the basis of load flow calculations. Within the scope of commissioning, Enotrac carried out the overall safety verification for all systems as well as specifically the functional verification of the 16.7 Hz subsystem. In addition, availability analyses were prepared for various subsystems to confirm the correct system structure. This enabled the operator BLS to obtain the required operating licence in good time.

For the Gotthard Base Tunnel project, Enotrac’s engineers dimensioned the traction current system of the GBT and its approach sections and supported the client AlpTransit Gotthard ATG for 22 years, from the initial studies through to construction and commissioning, in the areas of 16.7 Hz, earthing and EMC. Responsible for validation planning and coordination, Enotrac supported the validation committee in the operational implementation of the validation process for the new section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (at overall system level), demonstrating the serviceability of the tunnel. Within the scope of the project engineering mandate, Enotrac was again responsible for the preparation and support of commissioning and test operations. A special feature of these phases was the operation of the traction current system in the GBT.

Enotrac’s project engineering mandate for the Ceneri Base Tunnel covered the area of 16.7 Hz traction current from construction to commissioning. Here too, operation of the traction current system was managed on behalf of ATG during commissioning and test operations, which required compliance with SBB processes for switching and earthing. A team of Enotrac engineers was trained as experts in catenary systems, who then instructed the safety and train personnel who were deployed for the test operation. Enotrac ensured the provision of the required verifications for the 16.7 Hz, earthing and EMC subsystems.

Enotrac’s experience carrying out the overall safety verification during construction of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel was applied and further developed on the Gotthard Base Tunnel project. where Enotrac played an essential role in the successful construction of the world’s longest railway tunnel.

  • Customer

    AlpTransit Gotthard (ATG)

  • Period

    2003 – 2021

  • Location


Our services in the project

Talk to our experts

René Schär
Head of Energy Division
Member of the Board

rene.schaer@enotrac.com +41 33 346 66 24

Jens Schulze
Head of RAMSS Division
Member of the Board

jens.schulze@enotrac.com +41 33 346 66 30

Stefan Nydegger
Head of Energy Division
Member of the Board

stefan.nydegger@enotrac.com +41 33 346 66 26