Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Toshiba, in co-operation with Mitsui, have secured a JPY20bn ($205m) turnkey contract from Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) to provide trackwork and electrical and mechanical (E&M) systems for its 9.2km Nangang Extension Project in Taipei.
The contract includes installation of track and electrification, along with the design and supply of signalling, telecommunications, power supplies and operation management systems on a five kilometre section of the extension.
Following its scheduled launch in March 2016, the extension will connect Taipei Station with the under-construction Nangang Station, which will replace Taipei Station to become the northern terminus of the high-speed line.
Under the deal, MHI will be responsible for project management and provision of the track work, signalling and overhead line equipment, as well as data transmission systems, telecoms and operation monitoring cameras.
Toshiba will provide the traffic control system, the maintenance management information system, the power supply network, the train radio and passenger information systems.
Earlier in January 2013, construction started on a TWD1.5bn ($51.7m) high-speed rail (HSR) station in Yunlin County, Taiwan, as part of THSRC’s plan to invest TWD7.5bn ($258m) to add three new stations, including stations in Miaoli and Changhua counties.
Operations at all three stations are scheduled to be launched in 2015, following which Taiwan’s high-speed rail route will serve a total of 12 stations and the journey time from Taipei to Kaohsiung will not exceed 96 minutes.
MHI, Toshiba and Mitsui were part of the seven-company Japanese consortium that equipped the 345km-long Taipei-Kaohsiung line, which opened in 2007.
Image: Trackwork and E&M systems will be installed on a five kilometre section of the 9.2km Nangang Extension Project in Taipei. Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.