Monday, March 08, 2010

Bombardier clinches contract for Lima, Peru metro

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Bombardier Transportation said Monday it has won a new order to deliver its CITYFLO 350 wayside package to Line 1 of the Lima, Peru, Metro. The contract, worth $22 million, was awarded by Consorcio Tren Eléctrico Lima, comprising a consortium, led by the Brazilian civil works company Construtora Noberto Odebrecht and the Peruvian civil works company Graña yMonteiro.

Equipment and services will be provided and delivered by Bombardier teams in Spain and Brazil.

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Bombardier said the contract adds to the growing portfolio of CITYFLO 350 customer in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America, including the Salvador Metro in Brazil. The company says the CITYFLO 350 automatic train control system is designed primarily for metro applications where only limited action is required from the train driver, such as opening and closing doors.

Bombardier will design, supply, install, and commission wayside and onboard CITYFLO 350 equipment for the 21.4-kilometer Lima and 15 trains to run on the line. The scope will primarily consist of: EBI Cab800 onboard automatic train protection system, EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking systems, EBI Track 200 track circuit, and EBI Switch700 point machine field elements. Bombardier will also provide the traffic management system based on the EBI Screen 2000 control center system.

Anders Lindberg, president, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said: “Two main reasons make us very pleased with this new order. It is an important project for the city of Lima and it also shows that we are expanding in a region which is quickly developing.”

Carlos Levy, Bombardier transportation chief country representative for Brazil, said: “This order further introduces our technology to the regionand this is a strategic objective for us. We look forward to closely working with Odebrecht and the Tren Eléctrico Lima consortium to achieve this project.”

The news for Bombardier in North America Monday was less upbeat. The company plans to lay off 140 workers at its Bath, N.Y., railcar refurbishment facility beginning in June. Bombardier cited completion of rail contracts with Metro-North Railroad and Maryland’s MARC as reasons for the move.

Bombardier currently employs 220 people at the site. “The precise number of layoffs will depend on whether the company is able to land other railcar refurbishment work,” said spokeswoman Maryanne Kowalski-Roberts. "We're always pursuing other contracts.”