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Siemens to electrify Metro Line 1 in Quito, Ecuador

  25.10.2016    

The Acciona-Odebrecht construction consortium has selected Siemens to electrify the entire Metro Line 1 in Quito, Ecuador.
Scheduled to begin passenger service in 2019, Line 1 will provide direct routes from north (El Labrador) and south (Quitumbe) of the city into the downtown area and help improve daily commuting.
The new metro route is expected to minimise commute time to these destinations.
Quito’s new 20km line will run through the stretched-out capital of Ecuador and operate at an elevation of more than 2,800m above sea level.
As part of the contract, Siemens will completely electrify the new double-track Metro Line 1 that will connect the northern and southern parts of Quito with 15 stations.
Siemens will supply around 46km of rigid catenary, 6km of flexible catenary, 11-traction power supply stations, and 29 auxiliary power supply stations.
The supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system will also be provided for monitoring and controlling the traction power supply.
Once complete, Metro Line 1 is expected to transport more than 350,000 passengers a day.
Through this environmentally friendly mass transit system, the city expects to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30,000t per annum.
Line 1 of the Quito Metro is a public works project that is being built by Acciona Infraestructuras in a joint venture at 50% with construction company Odebrecht.
The project involves the construction of more than 22km of tunnels dug with three 9.5m-diameter tunnelling machines.
As part of the project, 13 new stations, train sheds and workshops will also be built, together with the railroad installations  are needed to operate the metro line, according to Railway Technology.



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