All systems go for ENGIE Transport Canada
Did you know there is now a new 100 percent ENGIE subsidiary in Canada? The result of two years of hard work, ENGIE Transport Canada Inc. (ETC) is a joint-venture company (50-50) incorporated in Ontario, owned by ENGIE Services Inc. and ENGIE Ineo SA. The creation of this company forms part of the ENGIE Group’s vision to promote green mobility and capitalize on the Group’s expertise to penetrate new geographic markets. In other words, ENGIE is set to conquer urban rail transit in North America!
The urban rail infrastructure market in Canada and the United States is one of the largest in the world. Over the coming decade, this market will receive increasing public funding to support not only expanded urban transit service but also reduced CO2 emissions. Hundreds of billions of dollars will be invested to modernize existing infrastructure and create new infrastructure. ENGIE plans to capture a share of this market, especially in the design, installation and maintenance of electrified rail infrastructure. There are already many upgrading or electrification projects in Canada. For example, who in Quebec has not heard about the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) to be developed in the greater Montreal area? Add to this Quebec City’s tramway project and the imposing Metrolinx project, Ontario’s integrated mass transit system. This project includes electrification of GO Transit rail corridors serving residents of the greater Toronto region.
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These entities are definitely supported by their respective teams, but the key ETC players are Caroline Vallée, Director, Rail Business Development for ENGIE Services and Claude Cabili, Technical Director for Ineo Rail, to name just a few. This team has already submitted solid bids for a few projects, including the Finch LRT, Hurontario LRT and Réseau express métropolitain (REM). Without wanting to be overly optimistic, team members believe the chances of winning a few contracts are high and they expect to receive responses soon. A first stage has already been completed since ETC will be involved in design of the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) - the overhead supporting and conducting wires that supply electrical power to trains. ETC will also participate in purchase and installation of catenary and is targeting a system maintenance contract a few years from now.
If ETC achieves the success that everyone is anticipating and predicting, there should be benefits not only in construction, but also in maintenance for the parent companies and local subsidiaries, ENGIE Services, ENGIE MultiTech, PBW High Voltage, and Contrôles AC. We know that long-term contracts (average of 30 years) carry multiple benefits: stability, enhanced reputation and credibility in the market, demonstration of ENGIE’s key expertise, opening to other markets, greater capacity for organic growth, etc. Here is further evidence that thanks to ENGIE’s 3Ds, especially Decarbonization, it is possible to combine business with pleasure, to save the planet and achieve financial growth.
A few words about the rail division of our partner ENGIE Ineo
A pioneer in the energy revolution, ENGIE Ineo considers transportation a major thrust in the attractiveness and development of communities. Its teams are committed to mobility that emits less CO2, pollutes less and is more fluid. They draw on their expertise to develop specific responses to this requirement:
- Reduced-carbon solutions that link infrastructure with services;
- Development of smart systems and digital tools to manage and analyse data;
- Implementation of innovative solutions such as autonomous automated shuttles.
In France and around the world, ENGIE Ineo’s contributors are specialists in sustainable mobility. With more than 15,000 contributors, including 1,700 dedicated to urban transit, INEO draws on the full range of skills required to design and implement sustainable mobility solutions.
- Design of reliable, high-performance infrastructure: Catenary power supply and distribution, stations and substations, overhead contact line, energy recovery system, supervision, etc.;
- Securing of works and users;
- Road and rail signalling, road equipment (radar, metering, etc.), video monitoring, radio, telephone, audio, fire detection, emergency call system, tunnel lighting and ventilation, overhead control, navigation aids, etc.;
- Enhanced user comfort;
- Real-time operation and passenger information support system (SAEIV), interactive terminals, etc.
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