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Why it's now time for Siemens to modernise Peru's Lima Metro.

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Jan 4, 2017

Siemens is to provide the complete Lima metro-min.pngtraction power supply for the first section of metro line one in Lima, Peru. This section of the metro covers a distance of about nine kilometres. The German manufacturing and electronics giant will provide a modern power supply, upgrade the existing overhead contact line system as well as modifications to electrification in the depots. These three major changes are expected to increase both the availability and the cost-effectiveness of the rail route. The upgrade will be carried out during ongoing operation. Lima's first metro line was completed in 2011, covering around 21 kilometres. The line connects the south east of Lima with the city centre, which shortens transport routes for many of the capital city's inhabitants. Lima’s metro was first installed in 1995 and has been using the same traction power supply ever since. For this reason, Siemens’ modernisation is long overdue.

The Lima Metro is a metropolitan railway situated in the capital of Peru. It provides a transport link between different suburbs of the city with more than eight million people. Now it is operated by Argentinian company Ferrovias and Peruvian company Grana y Montero. It links the Villa El Salvador region in the south to the San Juan de Lurigancho district in the east of the capital.

As the country entered a political and economic crisis in the 1990s, Lima's metro had to be abandoned. The project was then launched again in 2008 with 12.3km of track which needed to be completed. However, the tender had to abandon the project due to a lack of funding. In December 2009, Tren Electrico Lima consortium, comprising of Grana y Montero and Norberto Odebrecht, was selected as the winning bidder for the construction of the line, for $410.2 million. Work on the line started in March 2010 and included the construction of nine new stations and installation of new electromechanical equipment for the entire route. A final cost was expected to be around $549 million, with Corporacion Andina de Fomento providing a $300 million loan.

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For Siemens the scope of supply includes the installation, commissioning and overhaul of four traction power substations, six medium voltage cabinets for the stations between section Villa El Salvador to Atocongo. Siemens will install, test and commission the overhead catenary system for the main line as well as the Scada system (supervisory control and data acquisition) for monitoring and controlling the traction power supply will also be upgraded.

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Siemens entered the market in Peru with the electrification of the first extension of the metro in Lima back in 2010. In 2013 Siemens was awarded the contract to electrify the second extension of line one as well, which runs for around twelve kilometres on a viaduct through the three districts of Cercado de Lima, El Agustino and San Juan de Lurigancho. At the start of this year, orders followed for the electrification of the entire metro line two on top of eight kilometres of the first phase of line four in Peru's capital city. The two new metro lines will connect additional city districts and the international airport to the capital's mass transit network.

Whilst Peruvian rail transport has had a chequered history it is hoped that steps are now being made to accommodate the growing passenger ridership with the latest technology that Siemens are able to provide. At last the country’s infrastructure is providing an integrated rail network which up until now has been built according to freight demand rather than passenger demand.

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Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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