Alstom’s share of the contract is worth around €325 million. Alstom – which has a share of the consortium of over 60%, along with Colas Rail (22%) and Thales (17%) - will undertake the global coordination of the project, including engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works on a turnkey basis. In addition, the company will supply 22 metro trains of 6 cars each, medium voltage electrification, traction substations and part of the signalling equipment. The metro trains are from the Alstom’s standard Metropolis platform.
Los Teques metro is a suburban mass-transit extension of the Caracas metro system (opening of the first line in 1983, 4 lines currently in commercial service, 600 cars supplied by Alstom). It has been designed to connect the Venezuelan capital to the city of Los Teques. The contract for the supply of the electromechanical system for the line 1 (9.5 km, 2 stations) was signed in October 2005 during a bilateral meeting between France and Venezuela in Paris. This line was inaugurated before the last Presidential elections in November 2006. Line 1 of Los Teques metro currently carries over 42,000 passengers per day. The Government plans to build a third line (18.5 km, 5 stations) to complete the network.
With this large-scale project, Alstom strengthens its position in Venezuela where the company has already renovated and extended the Caracas metro. It follows three other contracts recently won in Latin America and the Caribbean: equipment of the first line of the Panama metro (Panama), line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro (Dominican Republic) and Metropolis trainsets to Lima (Peru) 2.
1 Consorcio Linea 2 is made up of Odebrecht, a Brazilian civil works company and Vinccler, a Venezuelan civil works company.
2 These contracts were signed in December 2010 for Santo Domingo and Panama metros, in April 2011 for Lima metro.
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