Endesa has won the tender to supply power for the association of six public transport networks in Spain for 2016 for a value of 27.7 million euros plus the regulated tariff that each company charges to their distribution companies. The tender includes Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), Metro Bilbao, SA, Euskal Trenbide Sarea (ETS), SL, Metro Málaga, SA, Tranvía de Murcia, SA and Tranvías Urbanos de Zaragoza, SL. The six public transport networks will consume approximately 406 GWh over twelve months.
This is the fifth consecutive year in which various public transport companies have come together to jointly issue an invitation to tender for the supply of electric power, which is one of the main consumption costs involved in these networks. With this formula, public companies and concessionaires seek to achieve better contractual conditions, as part of their strategy to reduce costs and optimise resources. However, each company has to administer their contract independently.
The TMB metro of Barcelona uses approximately 256 GWh of electricity annually. This is the power required to move the trains (134 run simultaneously during morning peak hours), to illuminate 141 stations and to enable 400 lifts, 600 escalators and moving walkways to work, together with the 570 ticket vending machines, among other installations. The TMB metro network has eight lines covering 105.6 kilometres in length.
The Basque Country’s ETS consumes 46.1 GWh and has 26 supply points while the Bilbao Metro has awarded 13 supply points for an annual consumption of 76.3 GWh. The Murcia tram system uses 4.2 GWh of electricity per year and has 5 supply points. Lastly, the Zaragoza tram system has an annual consumption of 8.7 GWh and has two supply points, while the Malaga tram system has 2 supply points and an annual consumption of 16 GWh.