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An Alstom-led consortium of CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO has secured a contract from Consórcio Línea 2 to supply integrated systems for Line 2 of Panama Metro.

Alstom’s share in the contract amounts to around $335m.

Consórcio Línea 2, a consortium of Brazil’s Norberto Odebrecht and FCC of Spain, is building Line 2 of the metro.

Scheduled to open in 2019, the 21km elevated Line 2 will run from San Miguelito to Nuevo Tocumen with 16 stations in between.

The new line, which will be able to carry about 40,000 passengers an hour in each direction, will interconnect with Line 1, which was also supplied by Alstom and opened last April.

"I am confident that more people will be commuting daily onboard a system that is reliable, smooth, and environment-friendly."

Following completion of the Line 2, the Panama metro network will be 37km-long.

Alstom Transport in Latin America senior vice-president Michel Boccaccio said: "With an extended metro network, better connectivity and greater transport capacity, I am confident that more people will be commuting daily onboard a system that is reliable, smooth, and environment-friendly."

Under the deal, Alstom will supply an integrated metro system that includes 21 Metropolis trainsets, as well as traction substations, including Hesop reversible substation, and Urbalis.

Alstom’s Urbalis communication-based train control (CBTC) system controls train movements and allows them to operate safely at higher frequencies and speeds, enabling a headway of 90s between two trains, the company said.

The Metropolis trainsets will be produced at Santa Perpetua factory in Spain, where the metro trainsets for Line 1 were also manufactured.

In May, the Consorcio Línea 2 consortium was offered a $1.86bn contract for the Line 2 construction.

Consorcio Línea 2 is responsible for providing engineering design services, civilwork construction, installation of auxiliary works, and supply and installation of the railway line, including rolling stock.


Image: Metropolis for Panama Line 1. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.