Ayesa secures €11m contract on Santiago Metro expansion

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Santiago Metro awards contract to undertake technical inspection for 10k of 26k line 7 of the system.

Global technology and engineering services provider Ayesa has secured its second contract in Chile, just a few months after beginning to offer its engineering services in the country. The Santiago Metro has awarded the firm an €11m, 66-month contract to carry out the technical inspection of the lot covering sections 2, 3 and 4 of Line 7.

The Chilean government is expected to invest $2.5bn dollars in the line, which will cross the capital from east to west over 26 kilometres dotted with 19 stations. This will mean that in just 43 minutes, passengers will be able to travel from Renca to Vitacura.

The contract awarded to Ayesa covers a ten-kilometre stretch and includes supervising all aspects relating to construction, verification of compliance with technical specifications, document control for construction and installation contracts, compliance with construction methods and safety standards and monitoring of the progress made and the schedule for implementation.

The section in question forms the central part of the line, and runs from Matucana to Isidora Goyenechea. The tunnel will be created using the New Austrian tunnelling method and will have a total of eight stations. It will be connected to various lines, including the extension of Line 6, and use driverless trains.

This is the second contract Ayesa has been awarded for the Santiago Metro. It also recently secured a project to provide technical inspection services for the installation, testing and commissioning of the systems and equipment for the extension of Line 3.

Isidoro Carrillo, managing director for international business, said: “This is an extremely important project for the city and one we’re very excited to be part of through our supervision work. The latest contract will allow Ayesa to consolidate its presence on the Santiago Metro, which began last summer with Line 3.”

This latest contract win will see Ayesa continue to participate in the development of public transport infrastructure in the region, where it has been involved with metro systems in Quito, Lima, Panama City and Bogotá. The firm is also currently involved in the RegioTram de Occidente project in Bogotá as well as sections 1 and 2 of the Tren Maya and workshops/depots located over its 1,500 kilometres of track.