The slums of Rio de Janeiro—the infamous favelas—pile onto and up and over the city’s iconic steep hillsides. Simply getting from point A to point B requires a sub-alphabet of zigzaggery up stairs, over switchbacks, and through alleyways that can be just a few feet wide. There’s nowhere for public transit to go. Nowhere, that is, but up.
That’s the direction for the newest transportation system in Rio, slated to open in March: a six-station gondola line running above a collection of favelas known as the Complexo do Alemão. The government says that 152 gondolas will carry 30,000 people a day along a 2.1-mile route over the neighborhood, transforming the hour-and-a-half trudge to a nearby commuter rail station into a 16-minute sky ride.
Spending $74 million for this kind of imagineering may sound a little wacky, but in recent years Medellín and Caracas have also built gondolas for underserved areas. Jorge Mario Jáuregui, the architect behind Rio’s system, says the project has real and symbolic value—”real because the connection has been built, and symbolic because it makes the informal city part of the formal city.” Still, in the favelas—where there’s no running water or sewers and a street battle between police and drug gangs killed dozens last year—perhaps flying cable cars shouldn’t be a top priority.
Then again, sanitation and safety might not be the problems that Rio officials want to solve. With the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics coming to town, making the favelas look like a theme park could convey just the right impression.
The government of Brazil's Paraná state capital Curitiba plans to hold a public hearing on March 15 to discuss a 2.25bn-real (US$1.36bn) project to build the city's first metro line, a city government spokesperson told BNamericas.
The 14 km metro line will run from XV de Novembro street to the CIS Sul terminal near the Ceasa marketplace.
The public hearing is part of the necessary steps to obtain environmental permits for the project.
"The licensing will help the Curitiba's position in its negotiations with the federal government to obtain funding through the national growth acceleration plan (PAC)," the spokesperson said.
The city is looking to secure funds for the project through PAC-Mobilidade, a program launched on February 16 aimed at funding urban mobility projects across the nation.
The Curitiba project qualifies under group I of the program, aimed at cities with populations of over 3mn people. Group I cities are eligible to receive up to 2.4bn reais in funding for this type of project, according to the official.
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Turbo Power Systems Inc ("Turbo Power Systems" or "TPS") Bombardier Monorail Project- Sao Paulo
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 7, 2011) - Turbo Power Systems (TSX:TPS)(AIM:TPS) is delighted to announce the award of a contract from Bombardier Transport for the design, development and supply of 380 off Auxiliary Power Unit Systems for the Sao Paulo Expresso Tiradentes Monorail Project in Brazil to a value of US $13m.
A Letter of Intent has been issued and accepted. Full contractual documents will be issued following formal agreement of terms and conditions which are in the process of being finalised.
Delivery of prototype units will be in November 2011. Thereafter, delivery of production units will commence and be completed in 2013. It is anticipated that final assembly of production units will be equally shared between TPS in the UK and Vale Solucoes Em Energia S.A. ("VSE"), under licence, in Brazil. This production sharing arrangement is the first commercial collaboration between VSE and TPS under the Agency Agreement announced on 1 December 2010.
VSE is a related party for the purposes of the AIM Rules for Companies as the parent company of TAO Sustainable Power Systems Limited ("TAO"), which in turns holds 75.4% of the issued share capital of TPS.
The commercial terms of the shared final assembly arrangement between VSE and TPS have yet to be concluded. The conclusion of a final agre ement with VSE will be subject to TPS' independent director, Ric Piper, after having consulted with finnCap Ltd, the Company's nominated adviser, considering that the terms of the transaction being entered into with VSE are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company's shareholders are concerned. The conclusion of this agreement will be notified to shareholders in due course.
São Paulo Line 4 growth
03 June 2011
BRAZIL: São Paulo metro opened Pinheiros station between Faria Lima and Butantã on the driverless Line 4 on May 16. It is expected to increase daily ridership from 50000 to 80000.
Operating hours on the Paulista – Butantã section of the Yellow Line were extended on May 2. The remaining Phase I stations at República, providing interchange to Line 3, and Luz, on Line 1, are due to open this year, when ridership is expected to rise to 700000 passengers/day.
The second phase of Line 4 involves construction of stations at Higienópolis-Mackenzie, Oscar Freire, Fradique Coutinho, Morumbi and Vila Sônia by 2014; 13 bidders have prequalified for the civil works.
Scomi Engineering Consortium Wins RM2.6 Billion Monorail Project In Sao Paulo
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) -- Scomi Engineering Bhd and its partners, through Consortium Monotrilho Integracao, have won a RM2.6 billion monorail project in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.
In filing to Bursa Malaysia Friday, the Malaysian company said Sao Paulo Metropolitan Company awarded the project to Consortium Monotrilho Integracao following a competitive tender process.
The project covers "the design works, manufacture, supply and implementation of a monorail system for the 18-km monorail Line 17-Gold Metro of Sao Paulo served with 18 stations commencing from Jabaquara to Sau Paulo-Morumbi".
The system will include the supply of 24-car train sets consisting of three cars in each and is expected to carry approximately 252,000 passengers per day.
"The project will commence in July 2011 and is expected to be completed in 42 months," Scomi Engineering said.
Other members of Consortium Monotrilho Integracao are Andrade Gutierrez SA, CR Almeida SA Engenharia de Obras and Montagens e Projetos Especiais SA.
Scomi and partners bag RM2.6bil Brazilian monorail deal
PETALING JAYA: Scomi Engineering Bhd and its consortium partners have clinched a RM2.6bil contract to build a monorail line in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The company told Bursa Malaysia yesterday that Sao Paulo Metropolitan Co in Brazil awarded the design, manufacture, supply and implementation job of the 18-km monorail Line 17-Gold Metro of Sao Paulo to Consortium Monotrilho Integracao on Thursday, following an international competitive tender process.
The consortium consists of Scomi Engineering, Andrade Gutierrez S.A., CR Almeida S.A. Engenharia de Obras and Montagens e Projetos Especiais SA.
The contract will include the supply of 24 car train sets comprising three cars each. The monorail will be able to carry some 252,000 passengers per day. It will run through 18 stations from Jabaquara to Sao Paulo-Morumbi.
The project will kick off next month and should be completed in three-and-a half years. However, details of how Scomi Engineering will fund its portion of the project or its stake in the consortium was not disclosed.
As at March 31, Scomi Engineering's cash and cash equivalents was in the negative at RM62.4mil, while the group's borrowings and debt securities stood at RM172.2mil.
Scomi Engineering said its scope of work in the consortium involved the supply of rolling stock, the vehicle management system, design for switches, system integration, system assurance as well as testing and commissioning.
“Given the scale and scope of this major infrastructure project, the job is indeed an important milestone for Scomi. Also, the AG Group and CR Almeida are both well-established and highly-proven construction brands not only in Brazil but also in South America,” Scomi Group chief executive officer Shah Hakim Zain (pic) said.
He added that the Brazilian market held enormous potential for the group.
Scomi Engineering has previously said that it was continuously pursuing opportunities, especially for monorail projects, in Brazil, India and Malaysia.
It has put in bids previously for other monorail jobs in Brazil.
For its first quarter ended March 31, Scomi Engineering's revenue declined to RM79.2mil against RM128.9mil a year ago due to lower value of work done from its monorail projects and reduced coach sales.
The company made a net loss of RM2.5mil against a net profit of RM8.1mil a year ago due to unrealised foreign exchange losses from translation of accrued receivables arising from weaker Indian rupees against the ringgit.
China delivers first inter-city railway train to Brazil
13:19, June 07, 2011
In preparation for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has been renovating its urban track transportation on a large scale. The first inter-city railway train purchased by the State of Rio de Janeiro from China will be delivered in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province on June 7, 2011, according to news from the communication department of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Sergio Cabral, governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, said a city without big transportation capacity is impracticable. The inter-city railway trains will offer convenient transportation services for citizens of Rio de Janeiro. This is a long-awaited dream for the local residents of Rio de Janeiro and its neighboring cities.
It is reported that urban mass transit system of Rio de Janeiro, the system with the longest rail lines and the most complicated network in Brazil, owns 98 stations connecting 12 neighboring cities and carries 540,000 passengers daily.
The communication department of the State of Rio de Janeiro sought to purchase 30 inter-city railway trains by inviting public bids in 2009. Fortunately, a Chinese enterprise won the contract worth 165 million U.S. dollars.
This is the biggest bidding project on inter-city railway trains for the State of Rio de Janeiro in 40 years as well as the biggest loan project in South America for the World Bank, said Sergio Cabral.
The inter-city railway trains produced by China can carry 1,300 passengers and have advanced technology as well as modern traction and brake systems. The carriages are spacious and comfortable and are installed with high-definition televisions and air-conditions. As a part of the contract, the Chinese enterprise will provide three-year technological services, including maintenance and replacing accessories, according to the communication department of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
In July, the first inter-city railway train will arrive in Rio de Janeiro. Chinese technicians will put the new train on the rail line of Rio de Janeiro and conduct an adaptive debugging. If everything goes smoothly, the train will be put into use by the end of July.
After the delivery of the first inter-city railway train, the Chinese enterprise will deliver three or four trains every two month.
With these China-produced trains in use, the inter-city railway of Rio de Janeiro will have a high-speed operation capability and be able to dispatch a train every three minutes.
In addition, the State of Rio de Janeiro will purchase 60 more inter-city railway trains by way of international competitive bidding this year. The bid-winning enterprise will undertake a task to improve existing 73 inter-city railway trains at the same time.
Scomi wins Line 17 monorail project in São Paulo
07 June 2011
BRAZIL: Metro São Paulo awarded the Monotrilho Integracao consortium of Scomi, Andrade Gutierrez, CR Almeida and Montagens e Projetos Especiais a R$1·4bn turnkey contract to build the Line 17 monorail on June 2.
The 18 km elevated Gold Line with 18 stations will link São Paulo-Morumbi on Line 4 with Jabaquara, the southern terminus of Line 1. Interchange will be provided to Line 9 at Morumbi and the future Line 5 eastern extension at Agua Espraiada. The route is expected to carry 252 000 passengers/day.
The consortium will be responsible for design, supply, installation and commissioning of the Sutra straddle monorail, including 24 three-car trains to be provided by Scomi. Work should commence in July and is expected to take 42 months.
Scomi, in consortium with Larsen & Toubro, is currently building a 19·5 km monorail with 18 stations connecting Gadge Maharaj Chowk (Jacob Circle) to Wadala and Chembur in Mumbai; work is due for completion by the end of this year.
Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state government plans to invest 2.2bn reais (US$1.38bn) in the city's metro lines 1 and 2 by 2016.
"Investments will be applied to the upgrading and expansion of railway tracks and train stations as well as automating the control systems for the lines which run through state capital Rio de Janeiro," the spokesperson said.
The state will also purchase new rolling stock and carry out work such as the construction of the Uruguai and Cidade Nova stations and a pedestrian overpass for Presidente Vargas avenue.
A connection between the two lines and an operational control center will also be built, along with a new signaling system for line 2.
Rio de Janeiro's metro system totals 48km and consists of two lines with 35 stations. Line 1 runs from Ipanema to Saens Peña and line 2 from Pavuna to Cidade Nova.
The state government is also planning some 11.8bn reais in investments by 2016 for ports and airports in the capital, according to the official.
The works will help prepare the city for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, both of which it is hosting.
São Paulo Metro and Monorail, São Paulo, Brazil
May 26, 2011
Developer: Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP)
Project description: At present, São Paulo is served by a metro and in future, it will also see a monorail system address the public transport needs of the city.
Background: The city has a well developed urban railway rapid transit system spanning 61.3 km of underground railway metro systems with five lines in operation (55 stations), complemented by another 260.8 km of suburban railways. The São Paulo state government is planning to expand the rail-based system in the city. The metro system consists of five color-coded lines: 1 Blue, 2 Green, 3 Red, 4 Yellow and 5 Lilac; part of 4 Yellow started operations in 2010.
The plan outlines projects to increase the 322 km network to span 500 km by 2020.
The planned extensions in various stages of implementation are:
Line 2 connecting Green Vila Madalena and Cidade Tiradentes (38.8 km, 31 stations);
Line 5 connecting Lilac Capão Redondo and Chácara Klabin (25.5 km, 17 stations);
The planned new lines in various stages of implementation are:
Line 4 connecting Yellow Luz and Vila Sônia (14.3 km, 11 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2012;
Line 6 connecting Orange Brasilândia and Ipiranga (19 km, 19 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2014;
Line 15 connecting White Vila Prudente and Tiquatira (10 km, 10 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2013;
Line 16 connecting Silver Cachoeirinha and Lapa. (9 km, 10 stations) scheduled to be opened in 2015; and
Line 17 connecting Gold São Paulo with Morumbi and São Judas/Jabaquara (21.3 km, 20 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2013.
CMSP also plans to construct six monorail projects totalling 110 km by 2013. The estimated cost of the six projects is between BRL7.7 billion and BRL10.4 billion.
In May 2011, CMSP invited three tenders aggregating BRL34.6 million for consultancy and civil works on the city's metro system. Budgeted at BRL18.6 million, the first tender involves upgrading a 2.4 km section of Line 2 of the metro system. The project includes finishing work, landscaping and lighting. Offers are due to be opened on July 13, 2011, and the awardee will have 11 months to complete the work. The second tender is a BRL13.3 million consultancy to oversee and analyse civil works under phase II of work on Line 4 of the metro. Interested companies and consortiums have been asked to submit proposals by July 14, 2011. The initiative has a 36-month deadline. The third is a BRL2.67 million tender to undertake a technical survey on a planned stretch of Line 2 of the metro between the Oratório and Cidade Tiradentes stations. The project includes carrying out a geological analysis of the area to support construction of the stations and a train yard. Works have to be completed within ten months. The deadline for submission of bids is June 14, 2011.
In February 2011, it was reported that construction of Line 6 of the São Paulo metro in Brazil is running behind schedule and is now expected to be completed by 2017, three years later than the originally planned. Work on the line is expected to start in 2013, with the first phase due for completion in 2017. The delay is due to the lack of a clear vision on the project timeline. Under the current plan, the metro line will pass through the neighbourhoods of Brasilâ and Freguesia do Ó in the city's northern district and Perdizes and Pompéia in the western district. The project was announced in 2008 and was initially budgeted at USD1.21 billion
In December 2010, five consortia submitted bids for a BRL1.38-billion tender to build Line 17 of the São Paulo metro system. These include consortium Metropolitano, comprising local firms Delta Construçoes SA, Trana Construçoes SA and Liechtenstein-based Intamin Transportation Limited; consortium Monotrilho Integraçao, comprising local firms Andrade Gutierrez SA, CR Almeida S/A Engenharia de Obras, Montagens e Projetos Especiais SA and Malaysia-based Scomi Engineering Berhad; and consortium Linha 17-Ouro, comprising local engineering companies Odebrecht SA, Camargo Correa SA and IESA, along with Japan-based Hitachi Limited and the Mitsubishi Group. The remaining two consortia are Expresso Monotrilho Ouro, which includes Queiroz Galvao SA, Construtora OAS Limited, Canada-based Bombardier Transportation and its Brazilian subsidiary; and Gold Monorail Consortium, comprising firms Trends, Constran SA, Mendes Junior Engenharia SA, China National and China-based Changchun Railway Vehicles Company Limited. However, Brazil's federal justice ministry has suspended the project as well as financing from the federally controlled savings bank Caixa Economica Federal after an injunction request filed by Associaçao Sociedade dos Amigos de Vila Inah (Saviah), a local organisation opposing the project on grounds of land expropriation. The initiative requires the expropriation of 132,300 sq m of land in the neighbourhoods of Morumbi, Granja Julieta and Campo Belo. Currently, the São Paulo government is appealing the project’s suspension.
In October 2010, France-based cable manufacturer Nexans SA won contracts worth EUR7.5 million from CMSP to supply its Flamex rail cable solutions for the new and upgraded rolling stock of the metro system. Under the deal, Nexans will provide power, control and jumper cables for the new rolling stock on Line 4 and for the upgraded rolling stock on Line 1, Line 2 and Line 3 of the metro network. Nexans is expected to deliver a part of the cables for local installation between 2010 and 2013.
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New station launched on São Paulo metro line
June 3, 2011
The São Paulo metro in Brazil has opened the Pinheiros station between Faria Lima and Butantã on Line 4. This is expected to increase daily ridership on the driverless metro line from 50,000 to 80,000. The remaining Phase I stations at República, providing interchange to Line 3, and Luz, on Line 1, are due to open in 2011, when ridership is expected to rise to 700,000 passengers per day.
Phase II of Line 4 involves construction of stations at Higienópolis-Mackenzie, Oscar Freire, Fradique Coutinho, Morumbi and Vila Sônia by 2014. A total of 13 bidders have prequalified for the civil works.
Meanwhile, operating hours on the Paulista-Butantã section of the Yellow Line have been extended.
Sao Paulo’s new monorail: too late for the World Cup?
By Channtal Fleischfresser
June 29, 2011, 4:00 AM PDT
Countries around the world are struggling to make their cities’ transportation systems more efficient, effective, and ultimately reduce commuters’ dependence on their cars.
This is particularly true of Brazil, a country of 190 million people that is set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in 12 cities scattered throughout the country. Brazil, which is roughly the size of the continental U.S., is using the opportunity to upgrade its transportation infrastructure, from its airports to its subway lines.
The city in most need of infrastructure upgrades is arguably São Paulo, the world’s seventh-largest city and one of the hosts of the 2014 World Cup. With a population of roughly 20 million people, the sprawling metropolis is slightly larger than Los Angeles and slightly smaller than the greater New York City.
In a city whose subway system is limited to a relatively small central network, gridlock and extensive traffic jams are a daily nightmare for its citizens, many of whom have no option but to travel by car, bus, or motorbike. São Paulo’s urban planners have the particularly daunting task of making its 3,000 square miles accessible to its population and to the expected influx of tourists in 2014. São Paulo will also be one of the cities to host the soccer competition in the 2016 Olympics, to be based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The São Paulo Metro recently awarded a US$862 million contract to build the city’s first elevated monorail, linking the city’s airport to its existing subway system. A consortium that includes Malaysia’s Scomi Engineering – a company that focuses on transport solutions – and Brazil’s Andrade Guttierez and CR Almeida will begin work on the project next month.
The monorail will run 49 feet above ground for 11 miles, stopping at 18 stations. Construction is expected to take three and a half years. Although the project is meant to be part of the city’s transportation overhaul in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the competition is likely to kick off in mid-2014, a full six months before the project is expected to be completed.
For São Paulo, the project would provide some much-needed relief to traffic-clogged streets in a part of the city that lacks access to efficient public transportation. But the project also represents an opportunity for Scomi, a company that specializes in energy and transport solutions, to gain a foothold in a potentially lucrative market with a significant need for effective transportation solutions.
“We are committed to leverage on our expertise as a turnkey specialist of rail systems,” said Scomi group chief executive officer Shah Hakim Zain, “and to ensure that we take full advantage of the opportunities in urban transportation projects in Brazil and other parts of the world.”
If successful, the monorail could represent a viable transportation solution for large cities around the world. But with the 2014 World Cup only three years away, will the project be too little, too late?
Rio unveils cable car in notorious favela
(AFP) – 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated Thursday the first cable car of the notoriously crime-ridden Complexo do Alemao, as Rio prepares to revamp the slums ahead of world sport meets.
Since 2008, Brazil's second-largest city has been racing against the clock to improve security and infrastructure in its shantytowns before hosting the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016.
Far from the Bondinho tramway that carries tourists to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the new rail car forms the backbone of a project to overhaul transport in the impoverished neighborhoods that are elevated and cut off from one another.
Drug traffickers wield control over several such favelas.
"The Alemao cable car symbolizes the fact that we are investing not only in our main streets and hydroelectric plants, but also in people to change their daily lives because with the station, people living here will enjoy public services they didn't have before," Rousseff said at the inauguration ceremony.
Each station will be equipped with a post office, bank and library.
"Before, people used to consider leaving the neighborhood because of drug trafficking and insecurity, but now that will change," said the president, adding she was proud of her role in the "pacification" of the Alemao favelas during a major November 2010 military operation.
The authorities hope the cable car, currently stretching across 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) and six stations, will become an alternative means of transportation for nearly 70 percent of the people living in the Alemao complex, home to 85,000 inhabitants.
Monorail projects are currently underway in São Paulo and also in Saudi Arabia. With these modern systems, transport operators intend to meet the growing requirements on public transport in a space-saving manner: monorails run on guidebeams high above the roads. Voith Turbo delivers cooling systems and couplers for the monorail platform INNOVIA 300.
The new monorails are being built by a consortium consisting of Bombardier Transportation and individual local companies. Both in Brazil and in Saudi Arabia the construction is based on the INNOVIA 300 platform. While the Brazilian system consists of a 2-car train, the trains in the newly built King Abdullah Economic City are configured as 4-car combinations.
Both monorail systems are scheduled to enter service by 2014. This is the year when Brazil hosts the Football World Cup, and up to 40 000 people are expected to be moved in the new monorails every hour.
Voith Turbo is represented in the INNOVIA 300 trains: for São Paulo alone, Voith will deliver 380 cooling systems. Another 12 cooling systems are to be supplied for the project in Saudi Arabia. The Voith cooling systems operate in the trains with two parallel cooling circuits and protect all major traction components against overheating, including traction inverters, auxiliary inverters and traction motors. The Voith cooling systems in question are independently operating units that generate the required cooling capacity on demand. Another outstanding feature is their extremely light-weight design. The Voith delivery scope for King Abdullah (Economic City) includes also automatic and semi-permanent couplers.
Voith Turbo, the specialist for hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems for road, rail and industrial applications, as well as for ship propulsion systems, is a Group Division of Voith GmbH.
Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 40 000 people, generates €5.2 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.
IDB is providing a total of US$1.48bn for transport infrastructure projects that are currently underway in Brazil.
The majority of the funding is going towards projects in São Paulo state and the northeastern state of Ceará.
"Around US$485mn is being used for São Paulo city's metro line 5, US$168mn for the city's metropolitan transportation program, and US$100mn for the city's downtown restoration program," the official said.
In Ceará, IDB is providing US$159mn for phase III of the state's highway improvement program. State capital Fortaleza's transport improvement program is receiving US$85mn, and the city's urban improvement program US$59mn.
In other regions, the federal district has been allocated US$177mn in IDB funds for its urban transport program, while phase III of Rio de Janeiro's urban development program is receiving US$150mn.
Finally, the multilateral is financing the country's Procidades social and urban development program, with US$50mn apiece for Curitiba in Santa Catarina state and Amazonas state capital Manaus.
Curitiba is not in Santa Catarina state, it is the capital of Paraná state.
Another confused journalist?
The Sao Paulo State Government has reported that the Sao Paulo Metro has procured 26 trains, each with 6 cars, from CAF to run on the extension of Lila Line 5 on the city’s metropolitan system.
This was awarded within the framework of an international tender governed by the standards of the BIRD World Bank, who shall fund the operation. This deal amounts to a total of 615 million reales, (approx. 276 million euros).
The first trains shall be delivered in 2013, with the order completed in 40 months. These trains are in addition to the seventeen 6 car trains which have already been supplied by CAF for the same customer in Brazil, as well as the various contracts to supply suburban units with Compañía Paulista de Trenes Metropolitanos, CPTM, some of which have already been supplied, with others currently in production.
This new contract places CAF as the leading train manufacturer in Brazil, also owning a plant in Hortolandia (State of Sao Paulo), which is the most state of the art rolling stock factory in Latin America.
Fortaleza metro South Line test running underway
30 July 2011
BRAZIL: Test running began on June 17 on a 2·5 km section between Rachel Queiroz and Virgilio Tavora on the South Line of the Fortaleza metro (RG 1.11 p54).
‘Today is a victory’, announced Ceará State Infrastructure Minister Adail Fontenele, confirming that civil works for the rest of the 24 km metre-gauge, 3 kV DC electrified line between Vila das Flores and the central terminus at Central-Xico da Silva were ‘89% complete’.
Commercial services using a fleet of 20 AnsaldoBreda metro trainsets are expected to start by the end of 2012; so far two trainsets have been delivered to Fortaleza, with six more due before the end of this year under an €86m contract with the Italian supplier.
The state government also confirmed on June 27 that final bids would be submitted in August by consortia seeking to upgrade the 13 km freight line from Parangaba to Mucuripe for passenger operation at a cost of R$265·5m.
Serving the city’s main airport and the World Cup football stadium, the mixed-traffic line would be operated by a fleet of six lightweight diesel railcars supplied by local manufacturer Bom Sinal.
ABB alternating current and direct current (AC/DC) low voltage distribution panels and junction boxes will be installed in 378 BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 cars for São Paulo, and 12 cars for Riyadh. The low voltage panels consist of circuit breakers, contactors (remotely operated switches) and terminal blocks (electrical connectors).
The junction boxes provide input power to the auxiliary power units and lower the voltage to levels suitable for electrical systems like lighting, air conditioning, battery charging and control circuits. The system will also be protected by ABB AC and DC distribution boxes.
“All of our rail products conform to IEC and NEMA, the highest international quality standards,” said Martin Bussière, Railway Segment Manager for the North American rolling stock team, part of ABB’s Low Voltage Products division. “Public attention is very much focused on environmentally-friendly transport and reducing oil and gas consumption. ABB’s rolling stock business is well-placed to continue expanding, as more people turn to transportation alternatives like trains, trams, monorails and subways.
ABB specially designed and developed low voltage panels for Bombardier’s platforms, the INNOVIA Monorail 300 and the INNOVIA ART 300 (advanced rapid transit) systems. The boxes and electrical connectors are made out of aluminum and weigh 50 kg, about 30 percent less than the industry standard. They are also smaller; the flexible design can be modified for future rail platforms.
In addition, ABB rail products have an excellent track record of withstanding the rigors of constant vibration and severe temperatures.
One ABB low voltage panel will equip each car of the INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains. For the INNOVIA ART 300 system, ABB will also supply one junction box per train.
Large infrastructure projects are underway in both São Paulo and Riyadh. The 24-km Expresso Tiradentes rail extension in São Paulo will benefit 500,000 users daily, and reduce a two-hour train journey to 50 minutes. Riyadh is installing a 3.6-km long, six-station monorail system to service the King Abdullah Financial District, the city’s prestigious new financial and business center currently under development.
In the past 15 years, ABB has sold more than 500,000 low voltage products to more than 200 customers for installation in more than 9,500 trains and locomotives, ranging from breakers, contactors and terminal blocks to drives inside HVAC systems, AC & DC distribution cabinets and many other systems like HVAC applications.
Bombardier has previously supplied four other fully automated Monorail systems for the cities of Tampa, Newark, Jacksonville and Las Vegas in the United States. The INNOVIA family of fully automated transit system solutions includes monorail, advanced rapid transit and automated people mover systems, all designed and engineered by Bombardier Transportation at its sites in Kingston, Canada and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
São Paulo Line 5 expansion gets underway
02 August 2011
BRAZIL: São Paulo state governor Geraldo Alckmin officially launched work on an 11·5 km extension of Metrô de São Paulo's 8·4 km Line 5 on July 23.
An initial one-station extension from Largo 13 to Adolfo Pinheiro has been under construction using NATM since September 2009, and is scheduled for opening in 2013 at a cost of R$188m. The latest phase will continue this in further tunnels to Chácara Klabin, taking Line 5 to 20 km and 17 stations by 2015.
Metrô de São Paulo has appointed Geodata to oversee civil works, and Bombardier is preferred bidder to supply CBTC signalling.
CAF's Hortolândia plant is to supply 26 six-car trains from 2013 under a R$615m contract financed with a loan from IBRD. CAF has previously supplied 17 six-car trains to Metrô de São Paulo and is building 288 electric multiple-units for suburban operator CPTM, and said the latest order positions it as 'the leading train manufacturer in Brazil'.
Meanwhile, Schalke has supplied two rail grinders ordered at a cost of R$41m for use on lines 1, 2 and 3, and Metrô de São Paulo has announced plans to begin procurement of 15 six-car trains for those lines.
The contract for the Line 17 monorail was signed with the Monotrilho Integração consortium on July 30 after the state government approved a R$922m loan from BNDES, along with R$445m from Caixa Econômica Federal for the construction of metro Line 18.
PETALING JAYA: A consortium which includes Scomi Engineering Bhdhas sealed an agreement with the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Company for the design, manufacture, supply and implementation of a monorail system in Brazil, the company told Bursa Malaysia yesterday.
Earlier, Scomi had announced that the monorail project had been awarded to the consortium which consists of the company, Andrade Gutierrez SA (AG Group), CR Almeida SA Engenharia de Obras and Montagens e Projetos Especiais SA (MPE). It said the project would cover the design works, manufacture, supply and implementation of the monorail system for the 18-km monorail Line 17 of São Paulo.
Sao Paulo Monorail Line 17, Brazil
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OperatorCompanhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP)
Turnkey Project ContractA consortium of Monotrilho Integracao
Length of the Route17.7km
Number of Stations18
Project CostBRZ Real 1.4bn ($862m)
Start of Construction2011
Line 17 - Gold is a 17.7km monorail system in São Paulo, which will connect Congonhas International Airport to the metro rail network. It begins at Jabaquara terminus station on Line 1 - Blue and terminates at Morumbi station of Line 4 – Yellow, passing through the southern and southwestern part of the city.
Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP), the operator of the line, has the turnkey construction contract to the consortium Monotrilho Integracao in June 2011.
The consortium comprises Scomi Engineering of Malaysia, Andrade Gutierrez, CR Almeida, Engenharia de Obras and Montagens e Projectos Especiais. The contract was worth BRZ Real 1.4bn ($862m). The project is expected to take three and a half years to complete.
Line 17 will serve 252,000 passengers a day with trains travelling at headway of 200 seconds. It is one of the three monorail lines being planned in the city.
The city's existing rail network includes five underground metro lines and six suburban rail lines.
Lines and routes on São Paulo's monorail network
"Line 17 will serve 252,000 passengers a day with trains travelling at headway of 200 seconds."
Line 17 will be routed through the south of São Paulo. The route will form an arch shape, linking four metro lines and three bus corridors.
It connects metro Line 1 at the Jabaquara station, Line 4 at São Paulo - Morumbi station, Line 5 at Água Espraiada station and Line 9 at Morumbi station.
The fleet will be parked and maintained at Água Espraiada yard. The line will have 18 stations.
Line 17 project details
Line 17 will be constructed in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to become operational in 2013 and the second in 2014.
The project was suspended by Brazil's federal justice ministry in late December 2010 after a local organisation opposed the project. Financing by savings bank Caixa Economica Federal was also suspended.
The organisation opposed the proposal to acquire 132,000m² land for the line. The Sao Paulo government, which has already called for the bids by then, appealed the suspension.
The contract was finally awarded to Monotrilho Integracao consortium in June 2011, selecting it from five contenders.
Under the contract, partners will design, supply, install and commission the monorail system.
Malaysia-based Scomi Engineering will supply rolling stock, the vehicle management system (VMS), switch design and system integration, assurance testing and commissioning.
Scomi Engineering will supply 24-car train sets of its Sutra monorail trains. The trains will have a capacity to transport 400 passengers in each direction.
"Line 17 will be routed through the south of São Paulo. The route will form an arch shape."
Sutra Monorail is a straddle type car which moves on a single beam on an elevated corridor. It occupies minimal space.
It operates on an electric motor and runs on low power supply of 24Vdc. It is designed to travel at a top speed of 90km/h. Each cab has six windows and four bi-parting, external sliding doors.
Sutra has a single shell body made of composite materials.
The combination of light weight structure and stainless steel chasis enhances the strength and durability of the monorail for up to 30 years.
The cab interior is spacious and facilitates passenger navigation with minimal obstruction.
It is equipped with a 40kW roof mounted air-conditioned unit.
The vehicle management system (VMS) provides system supervisory, control, monitoring and diagnostic functions.
Sutra is designed with a provision to install automatic train protection (ATP) system as well as automatic train operation (ATO) equipment.
Monorails in São Paulo
Metro Sao Paulo plans to have three monorail systems by 2015.
The first line, Line 2 - Green extension, is currently under construction. The 23.8km line will have 17 stations.
It is expected to open in 2012. Line 16 - Silver is the third monorail. It will be 8.3km long with 10 stations. Work on this line is expected to commence in 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by 2015.
Scomi Engg bags tender for monorail in Brazil
07:08 PM,Aug 05,2011
Mumbai, Aug 5 (PTI) Malaysia-based public transportation solutions provider Scomi Engineering today said it has bagged a tender for supply and implementation of monorail in Brazil for Malaysian Ringgit 646.38 million. "Scomi Engineering has won a second monorail tender to provide design works, manufacture, supply and implementation of the monorail system for the 20km monorail line for the city of Manaus in Brazil," a company statement said. The monorail project was awarded to the consortium comprising Scomi, C R Almeida, Mendes Junior and Serveng for Malaysian Ringgit 2.76 billion. "This award will further strengthen our position for the four upcoming tenders in the next 12 months in Brazil. Our partners in Brazil are the two largest infrastructure companies in South America and we intend to harness this alliance to further our market presence there," Scomi Group Chief Executive Officer Shah Hakim Zain said. The Manaus Monorail will consist of nine stations from Largo da Matriz to Jorge Teixeira and will involve the supply of 10 train sets consisting of six cars in each set, it said. "The monorail project is expected to be completed in 40 months to provide efficient access to the airport, port, stadium, hotels, hospitals and other important locations especially during the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil. Once completed the monorail line will be able to carry some 35,000 passengers per hour per direction to meet the expected demand," the statement said. Under the consortium, Scomi will design and supply the rolling stock and depot equipment, design beam structure, supply maintenance vehicle, system integration and project management. In June, the firm along with its consortium partners, Andrade Gutierrez, CR Almeida and Projetos Especiais had secured the Sao Paolo Monorail project in Brazil worth Malaysian Ringgit 2.6 billion. It had also signed a memorandum of understanding with IERS, a subsidiary of IL&FS, to raise funds for its projects in India.
Manaus monorail contract awarded
10 August 2011
BRAZIL: The state of Amazonas has awarded a R$1·46bn contract to build a 20 km straddle monorail in the city of Manaus to a consortium of Scomi, CR Almeida, Mendes Junior and Serveng-Civilsan.
The line from Largo da Matriz to Jorge Teixeira will have nine stations and a capacity of 35 000 passengers/h in each direction. Completion is scheduled within 40 months.
Announcing the contract award on August 5, Scomi said its R$342m share of the contract includes the supply of 10 six-car SUTRA trainsets and depot equipment as well as beam design, system integration and project management services.
Scomi is also part of the Monotrilho Integração consortium which signed the contract for the Line 17 monorail in São Paulo on July 30. '2011 has been a great year for Scomi as we reach yet another milestone with this second monorail project in Brazil', said CEO Shah Hakim Zain. The latest contract 'will further strengthen' Scomi's position in bidding for four further projects to be tendered in the next 12 months. 'Our partners in Brazil are the two largest infrastructure companies in South America and we intend to harness this alliance to further our market presence'.
Scomi Engineering Bhd, a subsidiary of Scomi Group Bhd, has announced that it has won a second monorail tender to provide design works, manufacture, supply and implementation of the monorail system for the 20 km monorail line for the city of Manaus in Brazil.
The Manaus Monorail project was awarded to the Consortium comprising of Scomi, CR Almeida S/A Engenharia De Obras, Mendes Junior Trading E Engenharia S/A , and Serveng-Civilsan S/A Empresas Associadas De Engenharia following a stringent and competitive tender process which was carried out by the Infrastructure Secretariat of the State of Amazonas in Brazil.
Earlier in June this year, Scomi announced that it had secured the RM2.6 billion Line 17 Sao Paolo Monorail project in Brazil together with its consortium partners, Andrade Gutierrez SA, CR Almeida SA Engenharia de Obras and Montagens e Projetos Especiais SA.
The Manaus Monorail will consist of 9 stations from Largo da Matriz to Jorge Teixeira and will involve the supply of 10 train sets consisting of 6 cars in each set.
The award is valued at BRZ Real 1.46 billion, of which Scomi’s portion is BRZ Real 342 million.
Under the Consortium, Scomi’s scope of works will involve the design and supply of rolling stock and depot equipment, design beam structure, supply maintenance vehicle, system integration and project management.
The Manaus Monorail project is expected to be completed in 40 months to provide efficient access to the airport, port, stadium, hotels, hospitals and other important locations especially during the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil.
Once completed the monorail line will be able to carry some 35,000 passengers per hour per direction (“pphpd”) to meet the expected demand.
Shah Hakim Zain, Group Chief Executive Officer of Scomi Group, said:
“2011 so far has been a great year for Scomi as we reach yet another milestone with this second monorail project in Brazil.
“This award will further strengthen our position for the 4 upcoming tenders in the next 12 months in Brazil. Our partners in Brazil are the two largest infrastructure companies in South America and we intend to harness this alliance to further our market presence there.”
“Together with our consortium partners, CR Almeida, Mendes Junior and Serveng, we are confident in successfully delivering the Manaus Monorail project in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,” ended Shah Hakim.
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