THE operator of Santiago metro in Chile and Thales have signed two contracts for the supply and maintenance of an operations control centre (OCC) for Line 7, which is due to enter service at the beginning of 2027. The 10-year maintenance contract will come into effect when the line opens.

The 26km Line 7 will run east to west, serving the districts of Cerro Navia, Renca, Quinta Normal, Santiago, Providencia, Vitacura, and Las Condes. The project will improve the travel experience of passengers and reduce journey times by half. With the opening of Line 7, the Santiago metro network will reach 174km with 162 stations.

The OCC will control and supervise energy supply equipment and auxiliary systems, including lifts, escalators, lighting and ventilation equipment, in the 19 stations on Line 7. Other key functions include control of the traction power supply and managing the access and intrusion control subsystems, which monitor movements of authorised personnel in stations and workshops to improve operational safety and security.

A back-up control centre will undertake line supervision in the event of a failure or emergency at the main facility to ensure that operations continue.

Line 7 will be entirely automated and is being designed by Systra which will also oversee rolling stock procurement and workshop design. Project management assistance for systems will be undertaken by Egis, working with its local partner CyD Ingeniería.

Alstom was awarded a $US 365m contract to supply 37 five-car driverless trains and CBTC for Line 7.

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