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  • Alstom to provide rolling stock, signalling, platform screen door solutions together with the project management and overall system integration
  • Taipei Circular Line is the consortium’s second turnkey metro project successfully secured by Alstom in Taiwan recently
  • The framework contract includes an order option to supply the line’s Phase Three system

30 September 2021 – The Alstom-led consortium with Taiwanese engineering and contracting services company CTCI has been awarded a contract by the Systemwide E&M Project Office Department of Rapid Transit Systems of Taipei City Government (SEMPO) to provide its state-of-the-art integrated metro system for Taipei Circular Line Phase Two. Valued close to €720 million, this order for the city’s fully automated (Grade of Automation 4) metro line marks the recent consortium’s second turnkey metro project in Taiwan after the Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line. Under the contract with its share at over €430 million[1], Alstom will also renew the signalling system for Phase One of the Circular Line[2]. The framework contract includes an order option to supply the line’s Phase Three system.

Phase Two of the Circular Line comprises a north and a south section, which spans 14.93 km with 12 underground stations and one depot, and 5.73 km with six underground stations, respectively.

Alstom will be responsible for 29 fully-automated four-car Metropolis trains, Urbalis 400 Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, and Platform Screen Doors (PSD). CTCI will lead for the track work, power supply, depot equipment, telecommunication and ticketing systems. The project involves overhauling the existing CBTC signalling system during the limited engineering hours, to minimise the impact on passenger service.

“This contract with SEMPO is a vote of confidence in our internationally proven and quality mobility offering, and a testament to our team’s hard work over the last four decades towards making rail transport even more sustainable for the capital city of Taiwan.” said Ling Fang, President of Alstom in Asia Pacific.

Alstom’s industrial units in Taubaté, Brazil (rolling stock), Le Creusot, France (bogies) and Bologna, Italy (signalling) will participate in the Circular Line project, supported by sites in Bangalore, India, Saint-Ouen (design), France and Taipei, Taiwan. The project management and system integration will be managed locally with the support of Alstom’s Turnkey engineering centre.