SAN SEBASTIÁN, Dec. 1 (EUROPA PRESS) -
CAF has been chosen by Mitsubishi Corporation as a subcontractor for the design and supply of seven electrical units (EMUs), within the contract awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of the Government of the Philippines to Mitsubishi Corporation. The volume of the project is close to 150 million euros, and is financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Basque company has explained that the project includes the manufacturing of the aforementioned seven commuter trains, made up of eight cars each, as well as the corresponding park pieces.
The contract is part of one of the macro-project packages for the new North-South commuter rail line that will connect Clark International Airport - located northeast of Manila - with the province of Laguna in the south of the island of Luzon.
The new line, which will be managed by the Department of Transportation of the Government of the Philippines together with the national operator Philippines National Railways (PNR), is part of the national plan to improve mobility in the surroundings of the capital of the Philippines, reduce the volume of road traffic and avoid major traffic jams in the metropolitan area.
In recent years, the CAF Group has consolidated a "close strategic collaboration" with Mitsubishi Corporation, and has developed numerous railway projects. Among them, the supply of rolling stock for Line 1 of the Manila Light Rail Transit System also in the Philippines, automatic units for the Istanbul Metro, or the construction of a transportation system in the Australian city of Canberra stands out.
Likewise, it consolidates CAF's presence in the Philippine market, a market "with great potential in the Asia Pacific region, both for its constant annual GDP growth, which is above European levels, and for the important infrastructure projects that the Philippines plans to carry out in the coming years.