Sener given role on US$5 billion metro project
By Andy Brown23 August 2023
Engineering and technology group Sener is participating as Independent Checker Engineer (ICE) in the new CAD$6.9 billion (US$5.1 billion) Montreal REM (Réseau Express Metropolitain) metro transport system.
The first segment of the transport link between Brossard and Gare Centrale stations opened recently, on July 31. This 17km section is served by five stations that will provide access from Brossard to downtown Montréal in under 18 minutes. Construction only started in 2018.
The Montreal REM is a 67km integrated fully automated metro system, 18.2Km of which is on elevated structures. It will be served by 26 stations (five underground, eight in viaduct and 13 on surface) connecting downtown Montréal, the South Shore, the West Island, the North Shore and Montréal–Trudeau airport. Currently under construction, REM is the largest public transport project in Québec in fifty years.
Sener, as the ICE, conducts independent checking at the Contractor’s design to verify the compliance with the technical requirements of Design, Construction, and Operation defined in the contract. Sener also verifies the compliance with the local applicable regulations, and produces certificates and a report of conformity.
CDPQ Infra (Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec) is responsible for the planning, financing, completion of the Montreal REM, and continues to build the rest of the project, supported by the Québec government and the Canadian government.
“It is a real pleasure to be part of these challenges faced by the country in the modernisation and improvement of transportation infrastructure, and to see the extraordinary results,” said Ángel Ares, Senior VP of Sener in Canada. “That means faster commute, less time in traffic and more money in people’s pockets as they trade their cars for a subway ticket.”