Alstom has won two contracts to equip both the first metro line in Panama and line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro, representing a total amount of more than €300 million.
In Panama, the SMP (Secretaría del Metro de Panama) has awarded a contract to the “Consorcio Linea 1” to build the first line of the Panama Metro. This consortium consist of a Brazilian civil works company Odebrecht (55%) and the Spanish FCC (45%). As a subcontractor of this consortium, Alstom is the leader of electromechanical group and will be in charge of the engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works on a turnkey basis. Alstom will also supply 57 metro cars, traction substations and the CBTC train control system. Alstom’s share of the contract is worth around €200 million.
With 1.7 million people, Panama City is the most modern and business focused city of the region. The Panama Canal brought economic growth and the city is the headquarter of a large financial community. Transport problems in Panama City will now be alleviated by the construction of the first line of the metro. This line will be 13.7 km long, of which 7.2 km will be underground and 6.5 km on viaduct. The line will have 13 stations and will run from Los Andes at the north of the city, through the historical downtown (Plaza 5 de Mayo), the financial centre (Vía España), and will end at the Albrook neighbourhood, where the maintenance and workshop center will be located. The works are expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
The train control system chosen for this project is Alstom´s state of the art Urbalis CBTC solution. This modern radio based system is now implemented worldwide for high capacity and driverless metros in Singapore, Beijing, Lausanne and Shanghai. In the Americas, the leading metros of Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Mexico and Toronto have also chosen the Urbalis solution.
In Santo Domingo, the Dominican operator OPRET awarded Alstom a contract worth €101 million to supply 15 Metropolis train sets of three cars each, for the line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro. The contract also includes maintenance services as well as an option for 6 additional trains. The commercial service is scheduled for early 2012.
Line 2 of Santo Domingo metro will run from east to west, connecting Los Alcarrizos with San Luis. The new line will transport around 400,000 people daily and will cross the existing line 1 also served by Alstom Metropolis trains since 2008. The line 2 is 21 km long and will be served by 20 stations. The trains are developed on Alstom’s Metropolis platform and will be manufactured in Alstom’ Santa Perpetua factory, in Spain.
The Metropolis trains are of the Alstom´s standard Metropolis platform. They will be designed and assembled in Alstom’s sites in Europe.
With these two large-scale projects Alstom continues strengthening its position in Latin America and the Caribbean. To date, more than 4,000 Metropolis cars have been sold in different cities such as Barcelona, Warsaw, Singapore, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.