PERU: On behalf of the Ministry of Transport & Communications, on March 28 state investment agency ProInversión awarded the Nuevo Metro de Lima consortium the US$9bn Lima metro Line 2 concession.

The consortium will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the 27 km Line 2 running east-west from Ate to Callao with 27 stations, as well as an 8 km branch from Avenida Faucett to Avenida Néstor Gambetta and the airport with eight stations which will become part of a future Line 4. The scope includes 35 underground stations, 35 km of tunnel, two depots and 42 vehicles.

Design and construction is expected to take five years and cost US$4·7bn, followed by 30 years of operations and maintenance worth US$4·3bn. Nuevo Metro de Lima estimates that the 27 stations on Line 2 will serve more than 600 000 passengers/day, offering time savings of 90 min on the 2 h 20 min it can take to travel by car.

The consortium comprises ACS Group subsidiaries Dragados (25%) as leader and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructura, FCC subsidiary Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructura (19%), Italian companies Salini-Impregilo (19%), Ansaldo STS (15%) and AnsaldoBreda (12%), and local construction company Cosapi (10%). Metro de Madrid will act as advisor.

Ansaldo STS has a US$710m share of the contract. It will be responsible for the electro-mechanical systems, including CBTC for unattended automatic train operation, power supplies, telecoms, platform screen doors, depot equipment, control centres, automatic fare collection and SCADA. It will also operate and maintain both lines for 30 years.