Metro de Santiago and Thales signed two contracts to design, install, test and commission the Operation Control Centre (OCC) for Santiago metro Line 7, which is due to enter service at the beginning of 2027.
The ten-year maintenance contract will come into effect at the beginning of the services.
The Operation Control Centre will command and supervise energy equipment and auxiliary systems, including elevators, escalators, lighting and ventilation equipment, at the new line’s 19 stations. Other key functions include energising the line through the traction logic subsystem and managing the access and intrusion control subsystems, which monitor the flow of authorised personnel in the line’s stations and workshops to improve operations safety and security.
A back-up centre will ensure line supervision in the event of a failure or emergency to guarantee continuity of service.
Thales is the supplier of the command and supervision centres on all existing lines of the Santiago metro. “The contract for the new line consolidates an enduring relationship with the Santiago metro that dates back for 50 years, and confirms the customer’s trust in the commitment, professionalism and resilience of Thales’s teams. We are delighted to bring our latest-generation OCC to Santiago,” Benoît Couture, the Vice-President for Integrated Communications and Supervision activities at Thales said.
The 26 km Santiago metro Line 7 of the Santiago metro will run through three communes – Renca, Cerro Navia and Vitacura, and will connect the city from west to east, serving residents of the districts of Renca, Cerro Navia, Quinta Normal, Santiago, Providencia, Las Condes and Vitacura. USD 2.5 billion is the value of the construction of the new line that when put into service will reduce the travel time by 50% compared to what it currently takes.
The project will improve the travel experience and reduce travel times by half for the capital’s 1.5 million inhabitants. With the incorporation of Line 7, the operational metro network will reach a total length of 174 km with 162 stations.