BRAZILIAN suburban rail authority Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos announced in October that it had selected the Sistrem consortium to equip the 9 km section of São Paulo metro Line 5 between Capão Redondo and Largo Treze. Due to be completed by 2002, the line is being built by CPTM as Line G but will eventually be transferred to metro operator Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo.

CPTM called bids for the M&E installations in August 1999 (RG 9.99 p555). The turnkey contract valued at 325m euros covers supply of rolling stock, electrification equipment, the operations control centre and signalling, and auxiliary equipment for the six stations.

Sistrem is led by Alstom Transport, which will supply eight six-car Metropolis EMUs from its plants in Brazil and France. Alstom will also supply the signalling and the OCC plus some station equipment, bringing its share of the contract to 49%. Siemens will provide the high and medium power supply networks and the inverter drives for the trains. Adtranz will supply the substations and overhead line equipment, with CAF providing bogies and couplers.