Metro de Medellín has awarded a contract to Alstom to supply its power system for Colombia’s new Ayacucho Green Corridor Tram, which is currently under construction.
Under the more than €5m contract, which was awarded as part of a public tender, Alstom will provide project management, engineering, and sourcing of traction equipment such as medium-voltage transformers, DC equipment and control.
The company will also build a centre for distribution and three traction substations with rectification, and will provide testing and control services of the substations, which will provide electric power to the trams.
Alstom Colombia country president Juan Jorge Celis said: "Alstom designs urban mobility to support municipalities to implement efficient and environmentally friendly solutions while increasing the number of passengers. Trams will be the focus of major company investments in Latin America in the coming years."
Alstom Spain will manage the contract activities with support from the company’s local team, while Sytecsa will handle installation works on the site.
Colombia’s Ayacucho Tram project is part of Metro de Medellín’s Master Plan for the metropolitan region, intended to offer enhanced mobility and a multi-mode transport system to passengers.
The NTL-made Translohr tram will be commissioned in mid-2015 to operate on the Ayacucho corridor, which is 4.3km long with a maximum slope of 12%, and includes nine stations.
NTL is a company owned by Alstom and the Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (French Strategic Investment Fund).