The ACTN Consortium was selected to complete the civil works of the Cuenca Tram. It is composed of Alstom, CIM (Compagnie Internationale de Maintenance) and NGE Group (TSO and NGE contracting).
The Consortium will perform the construction of the workshop yard, the preparation of the road platform and the implementation of the technological systems (SIR) for the transportation of the low-voltage system.
“With over 35 years contributing to Ecuador´s infrastructure, Alstom continues to seek ways to provide modern and sustainable solutions to respond to the country’s transport needs. Alstom, with its partners, is dedicated to the successful completion of the Cuenca Tramway line. Looking further ahead, Alstom expects to expand its operations to provide the same high quality and efficient solutions to the rest of the country, in order to benefit the Ecuadorian population” said Ludovic D’Hauthuille, Managing Director for North LAM at Alstom.
"At CIM, we and our teams are very proud of this new international success, which further consolidates the expertise of our company in major railway infrastructure projects”, said Alain Lovambac, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of CIM.
"We have been working closely with Alstom and CIM since the start of the Cuenca tram project. Today, the signing of this new project strengthens our partnership and will allow us to demonstrate our expertise in civil engineering as well as develop our global multi-expertise offer on the international market," said Jean Bernadet, President of TSO and NGE Contracting.
After a thorough analysis of the different expressions of interest and proposals presented in this selection process, the Autonomous Municipal Decentralized Government of Cuenca, made the decision based on the Technical and Economic Report prepared by the Executive Unit of the Cuenca Tram Project. The contract process was carried out following the guidelines stated in the Organic Law of the National System of Public Contracting.
Alstom as leader of the group of companies named GME CITA, had been awarded in 2013 a contract to provide the integrated electromechanical tramway system including, electrification with a part in APS allowing catenary less operation in the UNESCO heritage city center of the city, power supply and 14 Citadis tramways. The Alstom tram model supplied is the Citadis 302, which is of nearly 33 meters long and can transport around 300 passengers. They are fully equipped and feature low floor and wide doors, guaranteeing perfect accessibility, notably for passengers with reduced mobility.