Škoda Electric will supply traction equipment for ten five-car monorail vehicles to be delivered by Scomi Engineering for Line 17 – Gold São Paulo monorail project in Brazil. Last year, Scomi Engineering (Malaysia) and Skoda signed a cooperation agreement for the joint development of public transport and light rail vehicles.
“We see potential for other projects as well, not only in Brazil, but also in Turkey, India, Malaysia, or Thailand, ” said Jaromír Hájek, Sales Director Propulsion & Controls Škoda Electric.
Škoda Electric has developed for São Paulo monorail vehicles a completely new type of aluminum high-speed traction motor, whose advantages include high efficiency and low weight. Deliveries will be carried out in several phases, starting with next year.
The Line 17 – Gold alignment spans 8.8 kilometres and when completed, the monorail trains can transport 20,600 passengers per hour per direction and reach speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. The project is targeted for completion in the first quarter of 2018.
In 2013, Scomi was awarded a contract to provide the design, systems integration and certain key components of the rolling stocks. Scomi is now directly contracted to provide full rolling stocks and additional systems, which include the provision of signalling system, operations control centre system, track switches, power rails, power supply & distribution system and fibre optics as well as cable trays.
In March 2016 Scomi entered into a partnership with the São Paulo state government to set up a R$50million facility, for the manufacture of monorail trains, including rolling stock and bogies. The manufacturing facility will be built on a 98,0000-square metre plot of land, which was awarded to Scomi by the São Paulo state government in recognition of Scomi’s commitment to the development of the Brazilian urban transport infrastructure. Upon completion, this facility will manufacture monorail trains for the Line 17 – Gold and also have the capacity to build metro and light rail trains.