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Two commuter trains collided in a tunnel outside Caracas on Thursday, killing one person, injuring about 30 and leaving frightened passengers gasping for air in the dark, officials said.

One train suddenly braked due to an apparent malfunction and another crashed into it from the rear, causing the first to derail, Transportation Minister Francisco Garces said on state television. Officials said a packed train coming in the opposite direction was able to stop before colliding with the others, averting a possible disaster.

The crash apparently cut power in the tunnel between Caracas and the suburbs of Los Valles del Tuy.

Passengers "remained inside the wagons without air conditioning and within the tunnel", causing some to feel a sense of suffocation, said Victor Lira, civil defense director for Miranda state.

He said five people suffered scrapes or trauma while the other injured were treated for respiratory problems or high blood pressure.

Lira said the engineer of the rear train died.

President Hugo Chavez said he regretted the accident. He urged Venezuelans not to speculate about possible causes but to await the results of an investigation.

"I lament the death of an employee, the driver of the train," Chavez said.

The injury toll was low in part because the trains that collided were almost empty, heading out of the capital as rush hour traffic flowed the other way, Lira said. He said one of the trains had about 40 passengers on board, while the other wasn't carrying any.

The train that managed to avoid the crash was filled with about 1000 people.

They were among about 3000 people evacuated from the area, including about 2000 who were aboard other trains not involved in the accident, officials said.

Rescuers drove trucks atop the tracks into the tunnel to evacuate some of the passengers. Hundreds walked out of the tunnel on foot, and others rode on small maintenance trains.

About 100 people, most of them elderly people and children, were evacuated by helicopter.

The government sent buses to carry passengers whose trains were blocked by the crash, adding to the normally heavy traffic.

The 41-kilometre train line carries about 60,000 passengers a day.

 
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CARACAS, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Two commuter trains collided in a tunnel near Venezuelan capital Caracas on Thursday, killing one and injuring about 30 others, officials said.

The accident occurred at 07:00 local time (1130 GMT) when the two trains crashed in the tunnel located about 21 km from Charallave Norte station on the "Ezequiel Zamora" line, Transportation and Communication Minister Francisco Garces said.

The two trains connect Caracas with the city Valles de Tuy in the northern state of Miranda.

Garces said the driver of one of the trains died and about 30 people suffered minor injures in the accident, which occurred during the peak morning rush hour when thousands of commuters were on their way to work in Caracas.

A third train was also involved in the accident but did not get entangled in the crash, Garces said, citing initial investigation results.

One of the trains traveling from Caracas to Charallave had suffered a sudden mechanical failure just at it entered the tunnel, causing it to overturn, he said.

Garces said that although the third train did not crash, some passengers were injured after the train conductor had to pull the emergency brake.

The railway service system was temporarily suspended while more than 50 buses were used to help transport thousands of stranded passengers to La Rinconada station, which connects with the subway of Caracas.

 
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CARACAS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan state company Bolivarian Ports (Bolipuertos) and the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) on Tuesday signed an agreement to build a container terminal in Venezuela's main port of Puerto Cabello in the northern state of Carabobo.

The project is based on a memorandum of understanding signed between Caracas and Beijing in September 2010.

The contract was signed by Venezuela's Transportation and Communications Minister Francisco Garces and Chen Zhong, CHEC's vice chairman, the official Venezuelan News Agency reported, adding the budget for the new terminal is about 520 million U.S. dollars.

"This terminal will double the capacity we have and will be connected with the railway network we are developing. This terminal undoubtedly will allow shipping out and bringing in merchandise to and from the Caribbean Sea and the rest of the world," said Garces.

The new terminal will extend the cargo loading and storage area by 38 hectares, and add a space for the docking of two more container ships with a capacity of 70,000 tons and six mechanical arms for loading and unloading merchandise.

Garces said the construction of the terminal in Carabobo, which is located about 200 km northwest of Caracas, is scheduled to begin in 2012. The new terminal should be fully operating in 2014.

Venezuela nationalized the country's port management in 2009 in order to modernize the overall port installations which were last updated in 1970.

 
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Colas Rail, a unit of French construction and telecommunications group Bouygues, has won a €96m contract to build a railway line in Venezuela.

Alongside Alstom Transport and Thalès Transportation Systems, the company has won a contract to construct line 2 for the metro rail in Los Teques town, located on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela.

The entire project includes a 12-km railway track and 6 stations.

Colas Rail will work with Alstom Transport to lay tracks and install auxiliary power feeding, emergency power supply and fire detection systems while Colas' share in the contract will be worth €96m.

Work on the project is expected to start by the end of October 2011 and be completed in 4 years.

Separately, the company is planning to start work on an extension of the Kelana Jayalight metro line in Kuala Lumpur in 2012 and complete the project in 38 months.

The company had won a €96m contract in June 2010 in Malaysia, as part of a consortium with its local partner CMCE / Uniway.

The work includes 17.4 km of line and 13 stations, comprising the design and build of the entire transport system, track, energy, telecom and control centre.

Colas Rail's share in the €156m contract is worth €96m

 
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VENEZUELA: A consortium of Alstom Transport, Colas Rail and Thales Transportation Systems has signed a €192m contract for construction of the second phase of Metro Los Teques. Built to link the city of Los Teques with the capital to the northwest, Line 1 opened in November 2006 and runs 9·5 km from the Metro de Caracas Line 2 terminus at Las Adjuntas to Alí Primera with no intermediate stations. The second phase will continue Metro Los Teques 12 km through central Los Teques to San Antonio as Line 2, adding six more stations. Work is expected to begin by the end of October for completion within four years. Announcing the contract on October 20, Colas Rail said its share is worth €96m and includes tracklaying, auxiliary and emergency power supplies and fire detection systems. A third phase is planned, with Line 3 running 18 km from San Antonio to La Rinconada on Caracas Line 3, with five stations.

 
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Contract awarded for Los Teques metro Line 2

Thursday, October 27, 2011  

WORK on the 12km, six station Line 2 of the Los Teques metro network in Venezuela has taken a significant step forward after the consortium of civil works companies Odebrecht, Brazil, and Vinncler, Venezuela, awarded the Alstom-led consortium, Empresas Group, a Euros 530m contract to equip the line.

With a contract-share of around Euros 325m, Alstom will coordinate the project and will deliver engineering, integration and commissioning of the electro-mechanical works on a turnkey basis. The company will also supply 22 six-car Metropolis metro trains, medium voltage electrification, traction power substations, and part of the signalling equipment for the project which is scheduled to be operational by 2015.

Los Teques metro is a suburban extension of the Caracas metro system. Line 1 opened in 2006 and currently carries over 42,000 people per day. The government also plans to build a third 18.5km, five-station line to complete the network.

Alstom holds a 60% stake in Empresas Group, along with Colas Rail (22%) and Thales (17%).

 
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Alstom to supply line 2 of Los Teques metro in Venezuela

27/10/2011

« Consorcio Linea 2 »1 has awarded a contract globally worth €530 million to the Alstom-led consortium “Grupo de Empresas” to build the second line of Los Teques metro in Miranda State, Venezuela. The line, 12 km long and served by 6 stations, will be enter service in October 2015.

Alstom’s share of the contract is worth around €325 million. Alstom – which has a share of the consortium of over 60%, along with Colas Rail (22%) and Thales (17%) - will undertake the global coordination of the project, including engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works on a turnkey basis. In addition, the company will supply 22 metro trains of 6 cars each, medium voltage electrification, traction substations and part of the signalling equipment. The metro trains are from the Alstom’s standard Metropolis platform.

Los Teques metro is a suburban mass-transit extension of the Caracas metro system (opening of the first line in 1983, 4 lines currently in commercial service, 600 cars supplied by Alstom). It has been designed to connect the Venezuelan capital to the city of Los Teques. The contract for the supply of the electromechanical system for the line 1 (9.5 km, 2 stations) was signed in October 2005 during a bilateral meeting between France and Venezuela in Paris. This line was inaugurated before the last Presidential elections in November 2006. Line 1 of Los Teques metro currently carries over 42,000 passengers per day. The Government plans to build a third line (18.5 km, 5 stations) to complete the network.

With this large-scale project, Alstom strengthens its position in Venezuela where the company has already renovated and extended the Caracas metro. It follows three other contracts recently won in Latin America and the Caribbean: equipment of the first line of the Panama metro (Panama), line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro (Dominican Republic) and Metropolis trainsets to Lima (Peru)2.

1.Consorcio Linea 2 is made up of Odebrecht, a Brazilian civil works company and Vinccler, a Venezuelan civil works company.

2.These contracts were signed in December 2010 for Santo Domingo and Panama metros, in April 2011 for Lima metro.

 
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Consorcio Linea 2 has awarded a contract worth €530 million to the Alstom-led consortium ‘Grupo de Empresas’ to build the second line of Los Teques metro in Miranda State, Venezuela.

The line which is 12 km long and served by 6 stations, will enter service in October 2015.

Alstom’s share of the contract is worth around €325 million.

Alstom – which has a share of the consortium of over 60%, along with Colas Rail (22%) and Thales (17%) – will undertake the global coordination of the project, including engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works on a turnkey basis.

In addition, the company will supply 22 metro trains of 6 cars each, medium voltage electrification, traction substations and part of the signalling equipment.

The metro trains are from the Alstom’s standard Metropolis platform.

Los Teques metro is a suburban mass-transit extension of the Caracas metro system (opening of the first line in 1983, 4 lines currently in commercial service, 600 cars supplied by Alstom).

It has been designed to connect the Venezuelan capital to the city of Los Teques.

The contract for the supply of the electromechanical system for the line 1 (9.5 km, 2 stations) was signed in October 2005 during a bilateral meeting between France and Venezuela in Paris.

This line was inaugurated before the last Presidential elections in November 2006. Line 1 of Los Teques metro currently carries over 42,000 passengers per day.

The Government plans to build a third line (18.5 km, 5 stations) to complete the network.

With this large-scale project, Alstom strengthens its position in Venezuela where the company has already renovated and extended the Caracas metro.

It follows three other contracts recently won in Latin America and the Caribbean: equipment of the first line of the Panama metro (Panama), line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro (Dominican Republic) and 19 Metropolis trainsets to Lima (Peru)2.

 
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Consorcio Linea 2 has awarded a contract worth €530 million to the Alstom-led consortium ‘Grupo de Empresas’ to build the second line of Los Teques metro in Miranda State, Venezuela.

The line which is 12 km long and served by 6 stations, will enter service in October 2015.

Alstom’s share of the contract is worth around €325 million.

Alstom – which has a share of the consortium of over 60%, along with Colas Rail (22%) and Thales (17%) – will undertake the global coordination of the project, including engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works on a turnkey basis.

In addition, the company will supply 22 metro trains of 6 cars each, medium voltage electrification, traction substations and part of the signalling equipment.

The metro trains are from the Alstom’s standard Metropolis platform.

Los Teques metro is a suburban mass-transit extension of the Caracas metro system (opening of the first line in 1983, 4 lines currently in commercial service, 600 cars supplied by Alstom).

It has been designed to connect the Venezuelan capital to the city of Los Teques.

The contract for the supply of the electromechanical system for the line 1 (9.5 km, 2 stations) was signed in October 2005 during a bilateral meeting between France and Venezuela in Paris.

This line was inaugurated before the last Presidential elections in November 2006. Line 1 of Los Teques metro currently carries over 42,000 passengers per day.

The Government plans to build a third line (18.5 km, 5 stations) to complete the network.

With this large-scale project, Alstom strengthens its position in Venezuela where the company has already renovated and extended the Caracas metro.

It follows three other contracts recently won in Latin America and the Caribbean: equipment of the first line of the Panama metro (Panama), line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro (Dominican Republic) and 19 Metropolis trainsets to Lima (Peru)2.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

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Contract awarded for Los Teques metro Line 2

Thursday, October 27, 2011

WORK on the 12km, six station Line 2 of the Los Teques metro network in Venezuela has taken a significant step forward after the consortium of civil works companies Odebrecht, Brazil, and Vinncler, Venezuela, awarded the Alstom-led consortium, Empresas Group, a Euros 530m contract to equip the line.

With a contract-share of around Euros 325m, Alstom will coordinate the project and will deliver engineering, integration and commissioning of the electro-mechanical works on a turnkey basis. The company will also supply 22 six-car Metropolis metro trains, medium voltage electrification, traction power substations, and part of the signalling equipment for the project which is scheduled to be operational by 2015.

Los Teques metro is a suburban extension of the Caracas metro system. Line 1 opened in 2006 and currently carries over 42,000 people per day. The government also plans to build a third 18.5km, five-station line to complete the network.

Alstom holds a 60% stake in Empresas Group, along with Colas Rail (22%) and Thales (17%).

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Alstom-led consortium Grupo de Empresas has obtained a contract worth $741 million to build the second line of Los Teques metro in Miranda State, Venezuela. Alstom’s share of the contract is worth $455 million, according to a press release. Alstom’s stake in the consortium is 60 percent, followed by Colas Rail at 22 percent and Thales AG at 17 percent. Alstom will undertake the project’s global coordination, including engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works on a turnkey basis.

 
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The Metro is planning the construction of a new line 5 which shall operate in the south eastern part of the city. The line shall transport 200'000 passengers per day and have a length of 7,5 Kilometres. The line shall relieve the overcrowded line 1.

Furthermore the gondola line, MetroCable Mariche, shall be finished on a length of 4,74 Kilometres between Paki Verde and Mariche by November 2012. In a second phase the line will be extended by a further 4,8 Kilometres.

In addition, the Cabletren Bolivariano with a length of 2,5 Kilometres and 5 elevated stations shall be built. This line will receive four 4 car trains  for 230 passengers each. This will probably be an aerial cable line, jigback system.

Samuel

 
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At the port of Cartagena a ship with the first three coaches of the additional order of  13 three car trains for the Metro in Medellin has arrived. They shall be operating by September 2011 and will be required for the extension of the southern line to Sabaneta as well as a reinforcement  due to increased numbers of passengers. The trains were constructed by the firm of CAF, Construcciones y Auxiliar de  Ferrocarriles S.A., in Spain, the outward appearance comes from the famous designer Guigiaro. Passengers can move continuously through the entire train, and the train can be accessed by wheel chairs.  

Samuel

 
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Grupo de Empresas consortium led by Alstom has won a €530m contract to build the Consorcio Linea 2 of Los Teques metro in Miranda state of Venezuela.

The work on the project involves the construction of a 12km line which will be served by six stations connecting the Venezuelan capital to the city of Los Teques.

The Grupo de Empresas consortium includes Alstom, Colas Rail and Thales, with each having a share of 60%, 22% and 17% respectively in the contract.

Alstom will deliver the engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works, as well as supply 22 metro trains of six cars each, medium voltage electrification, traction substations and part of the signalling equipment.

The company will have a share of €325m in the contract which is expected to be completed in October 2015.

 
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Venezuela's government is due to open some 73km of rail lines in the Caracas metropolitan region within the next five years, according to Metro de Caracas president Haiman El Troudi.

 
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A group comprised of Italian firm Impregilo, Astaldi and Ghella has signed a contract addendum with state rail institute IFE to complete work on the Puerto Cabello-La Encrucijada rail line.

The project will require 763mn euros (US$1.04bn), according to an Impregilo release.

Work includes building an additional line extension from the city of Moron to the Puerto Cabello port in Carabobo state. The extension will also provide Valencia, one of the country's largest cities, with an important trading outlet on the coast.The consortium, which is jointly owned by the three companies, has already completed advanced work on the rail line's original stretch, according to the release. The extension project raises the residual value of the work to complete the line to some 3.3bn euros.

The Italian group signed two contracts in 2006 to build the 252km railroad between San Juan de los Morros and San Fernando de Apure, and the 201km railroad between Chaguaramas and Cabruta. Both railroads are still in the construction phase and will run primarily through the Guárico province in the country's north-central region.

The companies signed the contracts as a joint partnership, of which each company owns 33.3%.

The railways aim to promote growth in central-southern Venezuela by linking the region to the country's urban core.

 
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VENEZUELA: Instituto de Ferrocarriles del Estado has signed an €763m deal for the Italian consortium building the Puerto Cabello - La Encrucijada railway to add a further section of line to connect the harbour at Puerto Cabello with the city of Morón. The consortium of Impregilo, Astaldi and Ghella has almost completed the 110 km La Encrucijada - Puerto Cabello line, which will run via Valencia to provide the city with access to the coast. This project includes 78 bridges, 15 tunnels totalling 28 km, seven stations, two freight terminals and two rolling stock depots. The amendment announced on November 9 takes the total value of the contract to €3·3bn. The consortium is also building the 201 km Chaguaramas - Cabruta line and rebuilding the 252 km San Juan de Los Morros - San Fernando de Apure route, under plans to support economic growth in central-southern Venezuela. The contracts were awarded following an economic co-operation agreement signed by Italy and Venezuela in 2001 and ratified in May 2010.

On November 5 trial freight operations were launched on a 101 km rehabilitated section of the Centro Occidental Simón Bolívar railway between Acarigua and Barquisimeto.

 
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Finance

Venezuela allocates VEB5.42 billion for MTC

October 24, 2011

The government of Venezuela has earmarked VEB5.42 billion for the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) out of the total budget of VEB298 billion for the year 2012.

Of the total, MTC will spend nearly VEB1.18 billion on mass transport projects. These include building the VEB664 million line 2 of the Los Teques metro system in Miranda state and the VEB186 million Caracas metro line 5, as well as repairing line 1 of the Caracas metro, which will require VEB205 million. Another VEB105 million will be used for building line 2 of the Valencia metro system in Carabobo state.

Funds have also been allocated for the improvement of other infrastructure, road and transport projects, student transport subsidies and improvement works at the Simón Bolívar international airport.

(1 VEB [Venezuela Bolivar] = 0.0005 USD)

 
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Venezuela awards Italian consortium rail contract

 15.11.2011    

The Railways Institute of the Venezuelan Republic (IFE) has awarded a €763m contract to an Italian consortium comprising Impregilo, Astaldi and Ghella to complete the rail line from Puerto Cabello to La Encrucijada.

The contract involves the construction of an extra rail line from the city of Moron to the Puerto Cabello port in Carabobo state, Railway Technology reports.

The rail extension will also provide Valencia city with a trading link on the coast.

The additional contract increases the total value of the project to approximately €3.3bn.

IFE earlier signed two contracts with the Italian group in 2006 to build the 252km railway line between San Juan de los Morros and San Fernando de Apure, and the 201km railroad between Chaguaramas and Cabruta, which is currently underway.

 
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CARACAS (Reuters) - Two thousand children in 23 bands played brass instruments and sang in choirs at metro stations across Caracas on Saturday in the latest endeavor by Venezuela's lauded youth orchestra program.

The simultaneous concerts were organized by the subway authorities and the program, known locally as "The System", which teaches classical music to kids from poor families.

"Today I got up early and my brother was left playing at home ... I'm so proud to be here," said 10-year-old Jose Cuevas, clutching a trumpet and dressed in black trousers and white shirt like the rest of his group at Miranda station.

Venezuela's program has drawn worldwide praise for tempting youths away from crime in tough neighborhoods by teaching them the work of composers like Mahler and Stravinsky.

Working with more than 300,000 children, it shot to prominence a few years ago when a young alumnus, Gustavo Dudamel, gained rock star-like fame leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

President Hugo Chavez has often taken credit for the achievements of "The System", which was created by a previous government in 1975. He aims to win another six-year term at an election in the politically-polarized nation next October.

For some of the two million people who use the Caracas metro on average each day, Saturday's concerts were welcome respite from the cacophony of the politicians' campaigns.

"Here there are no party colors. This is art," said the mother of one young child performing at the station.

 
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Venezuela's government has invested some 800mn bolívares (US$186mn) to build three stations on the Petare cable car system in the Caracas metropolitan area.

 
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Operations of Venezuela's Petare cable car system in the Caracas metropolitan area are scheduled to kick off in August next year, according to Metro de Caracas' general manager of strategic planning,

 
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Agreement between Assignia and Adif to develop rail projects in Colombia

Adif, the Spanish rail infrastructure administrator, and the company Assignia Infrastructuras have signed a collaboration agreement to develop rail projects in Colombia. This agreement will see Adif supporting Assignia in rail network tender bids as part of the modernization plan that the Colombian Government will be implementing over the 2011-2014 period.

(22/12/2011)  The agreement is valid for two years and extendable for two more years, and it is not exclusive, which allows Adif to sign similar agreements with other Spanish companies. In those bids in which Adif and Assignia decide to jointly participate, the state-owned entity will act as technical assistant both in the design and construction phase and in the rail operation phase.

Assignia

Assignia Infrastructuras is the civil work division of the Essentium group and is currently immersed in an international expansion process. With more than 1,800 employees, it has a presence in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Assignia started its international expansion in Colombia, where it has had a presence for over 10 years. It has recently been awarded the contract for the Trans-Caribbean Transport System in Cartagena de Indias.

As regards its activity in the railway industry, it is worth mentioning the contract to build 173 kilometres of high speed line between Ankara and Istanbul, as well as the maintenance of several conventional and high speed lines for the Turkish State Railways (TCDD). Assignia is also in charge of the maintenance of the Buenavista- Cuautitlán suburban rail line in Mexico and the renovation of Caracas Metro line 1.

 
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The start of operations of Venezuela's Petare cable car system in the Caracas metropolitan region have been pushed back to November next year, according to Metro de Caracas

 

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