Consortium chosen for Amarela line

A consortium that includes Alstom has been awarded a contract by Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo to build a new line for São Paulo’s metro system.

The Via Amarela consortium, which includes Alstom as a member, has been awarded a turnkey contract by Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP) to build a new line for São Paulo’s metro system.

CBPO Engenharia of the Odebrecht group leads the consortium, which, along with other construction companies, is responsible for the civil works.

As the member of the consortium responsible for the electrical and mechanical infrastructure, Alstom will design, supply, install and test the power-supply and electrical-distribution systems, telecommunications equipment and auxiliary systems such as fire detection, pumping and lighting. Alstom’s share of the contract is 80 million Euros.

Called the Amarela (yellow) Line, Line 4 will be 12.8 kilometres long with nine stations. Expected to carry a million passengers a day, it will offer connections with three subway lines and two suburban lines. Commercial operation is slated to begin in 2007.

‘This vote of confidence of Alstom’s metro-systems technology and know-how is also a confirmation of our successful long-term relationship with São Paulo,’ said Francis Jelensperger, Alstom Transport’s senior vice president for the Americas region.

Over the last three decades, Alstom has sold more than 600 metro cars to São Paulo, Brazil’s industrial and financial centre. In a recent project, Alstom was the technical leader of the consortium that built the city’s Line 5, which opened in 2002.