BRAZIL: PPP concessionaire Move São Paulo has awarded Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsui & Co a turnkey contract for construction of metro Line 6.

In what MHI says is its first railway contract in Latin America, the Japanese company will design, supply and commission the signalling, communications, power supply, catenary, depot equipment and facilities, platform screen doors and tunnel ventilation. A consortium will be formed with local companies to undertake civil works.

The first phase of the driverless line, also known as the Orange Line, would run for 15·9 km between Brasilândia and São Joaquim, with 15 stations. The project is to be completed in 2020. Expected ridership is 633 000 passengers/day.

Move São Paulo’s PPP concession to build, operate and maintain Line 6 which runs until April 2039. The consortium of Odebrecht, Queiroz Galvão and UTC Participações is providing 46∙9% of the construction cost, with 39∙2% coming from national development bank BNDES and 13∙9% from the São Paulo state government.