TAIPEI City government’s systemwide E&M project office (Sempo) has awarded a contract worth almost €720m to an Alstom-led consortium to deliver an integrated metro system.

Alstom, working with Taiwanese engineering and contracting services company CTCI will deliver Phase Two of the Circular Line, which comprises a 14.93km north section with 12 underground stations and one depot, and a 5.73km south section with six underground stations.

Alstom’s share of the contract is worth more than €430m and the supplier will build 29 fully-automated four-car Metropolis trains, Urbalis 400 CBTC signalling system, Scada, and platform screen doors. CTCI will lead on track work, power supply, depot equipment, telecommunications and ticketing systems. The existing CBTC signalling system will be overhauled.

The contract includes an option to supply the line’s Phase Three system. As part of its share of the contract, Alstom will also renew the signalling system for Phase One of the Circular Line. The city’s metro line is fully automated at Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4).

The trains will be built in Taubaté, Brazil, with bogies from Le Creusot, France. Signalling will be manufactured in Alstom’s Bologna site, Italy while the design will be carried out at its Saint-Ouen facility in France. Sites in Bangalore, India, France, Taipei and Taiwan will also be involved. Project management and system integration will be managed locally with support from Alstom’s turnkey engineering centre.

Phase One of the central section of the line, covering 14 stations and one depot over 15.4km, has been operating since January 2020.

This is the second turnkey metro project in Taiwan for the consortium following the Wanda - Zhonghe - Shulin line.

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