11 April 2006, 16:00 pm

New contract for Ansaldo STS to manage the Copenhagen metro

Three-year contract worth EUR 122 million

Orestad Development Corporation has extended Ansaldo STS’ contract to operate and maintain Copenhagen's driverless metro system. The three-year contract is worth EUR 122 million. In 1996 Ansaldo STS was awarded the contract to provide engineering, systems integration, rail electrification equipment and vehicles for the driverless metro system of the Danish capital. The contract also included complete responsibility for the management and maintenance of the system for the first five years following the opening of the line in October 2002. Orestad Development Corporation has now decided to extend Ansaldo STS’ contract for a further three years beyond the original expiry set for October 2007 until October 2010. Ansaldo STS’ driverless metro system has now established a firm footing on the European market on the back of the system operating in Copenhagen, the work in progress on the Brescia system due to be completed in 2011, and the recent awarding of the contracts to build Line C of the Rome metro and the Thessaloniki metro. “The extension of the contract with Ansaldo STS shows that we are extremely satisfied with the excellent and efficient running of the Copenhagen metro. Today, there are trains about every two minutes in peak hours, and 98% are on time”, said Anne Grethe Foss, vice managing director of Orestad Development Corporation. “We are proud of this result, and much of the credit should go to our supplier”.