Alstom, in consortium with Isolux Corsán1, was awarded by Adif (Spanish railway infrastructure authority) the design, construction and maintenance of the traction substation2 and catenary system for the new 44.3 km high-speed line linking La Robla (Leon) with Pola de Tena (Asturias). This line includes Pajares Tunnel (25 km-long), the second longest tunnel in Spain. The contract is worth about 28 million Euros; the share for Alstom is 50% of the value3. The project will be completed in 2015.
Thanks to this project, the distance between Asturias and Castile-León will be shortened by 33 km and the entire new route will enable high-speed trains to reach speeds above 300 km/h, while the current average speed is 60 km/h.
Alstom’s scope includes the engineering and project management, as well as the supply of catenary system, 2x25kV traction substation and autotransformer stations including associated traction power control system. Alstom is responsible for the testing and the commissioning of the entire system. These activities will be managed by Alstom Spain.
Alstom supplied 80% of high speed traction substations in Spain. The company is also in charge of all the high speed traction substations’ maintenance.