CA Metro Los Teques, the public operator of Venezuela’s Los Teques metro line, has awarded the Alstom-led Frameca consortium a turnkey contract worth €204mn for the Caracas metro (Venezuela). Alstom’s share is about €90mn.

The Los Teques line is an independent line running 9.8km from Las Adjuntas at the south end of Line 2 to El Tambor in the centre of Los Teques. It will relieve congested roads and complement the existing metro network. The first line will be put into service in October 2006 and the second line at the beginning of 2008.

Alstom will supply six trainsets, the traction electrification and the signalling equipment for the Los Teques line in continuation of metro line 2. Alstom will also be in charge of the coordination of this project with SGTE as co-leader.

Five Alstom sites will be involved in this contract: Valenciennes, Tarbes, Villeurbanne, Saint-Ouen in France and Charleroi in Belgium.

Alstom has been a key supplier to the metro of the Venezuelan capital for the last 30 years and has so far delivered 600 cars for metro lines 1, 2 and 3. The company also did the rolling stock maintenance of 400 metro cars and provided signalling equipment and power supply for these lines.