Metro de Panamá awarded Alstom a new maintenance contract which includes preventive and corrective maintenance of the rolling stock, signalling and power supply system of Panama Metro Line 2.
Under the terms of the contract, work already began and will last three years. The services will be managed mainly with Panamanian technicians and specialists, all contracted, prepared and trained by Alstom.
The contract includes maintenance of 21 Metropolis trains manufactured by Alstom, covering the overhaul of the bogies, the brake system, the coupling system and the pantographs. This maintenance work will help improve the performance and extend the useful life of the trains, guaranteeing the quality of service and their safety.
Alstom will also oversee the maintenance of the Urbalis communications based train control (CBTC) signalling system, which allows for precise control of the train route to manage traffic efficiently and safely, and for 90-second headways between trains on Line 2, thus increasing the capacity of the system.
The contract also includes maintenance service of the traction and auxiliary substations, and the Hesop power system, a reversible substation solution developed by Alstom that allows for the recovery and transfer of more than 99% of the energy generated by the braking of trains for re-use in the electrical network of the stations for services such as escalators, lighting and ventilation.
The 21 km Panama Metro Line 2, opened in April 2019, has a capacity of 16,000 passengers per hour and in each direction and since its operation Alstom provided maintenance services. In 2020, the city has approved the construction of a 2 km extension of this line connecting Specialized Higher Technical Institute (ITSE) and the Tocumen International Airport. The authorities also plan to expand the line to reach a total length of 29 km.
Since 2010, Alstom has signed different transport contracts, such as the development, construction and implementation of the integrated rail systems for Lines 1 and 2 of the Panama Metro, and maintenance of Line 1 of the metro, which includes an innovative train driving simulator. In September, an Alstom led consortium won the contract to deliver the CBTC system for the 2.2 km Line 1 extension.