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Istanbul Metro Line

A safer connection between Europe and Asia

Istanbul Metro Line

October 2010 - Prysmian Group has secured a contract from Avrasya Metro Group (AMG) to supply power cables for the new Kadiköy-Kartal metro line in Istanbul, Turkey.


With 16 stations, 22 kilometres of double track and eight-car trains travelling in both directions every 1.5 minutes, the Kadikoy-Kartal metro line crosses the Anatolian side of Istanbul from Kadiköy to Kartal, connecting the European and Asian sides of the city with a link to the Marmaray rail tunnel under the Bosphorus strait. The system provides secure and fast transportation across the city, carrying up to 90,000 persons/hour in both directions for a total of one million passengers a day.

The project required Prysmian to supply 300km of medium-voltage wired armoured cables and more than 1,300km of low-voltage fire-resistant and low fire-hazard (LS0H) Afumex cables.

The Afumex family of cables combines low flame spread and heat release with very low emission of smoke and dangerous gases, and helps to provide more time to escape and a less hazardous environment for rescue teams. Fire-resistant cables also assure continuous operation of the power supply and of signalling systems during a fire.

The Kadiköy-Kartal metro line is a project of strategic importance in a city like Istanbul, at the heart of Turkey’s economic development and whose 13 million inhabitants account for 20% of the country’s entire population. The main cause of injury and death in fires is incapacitation resulting from exposure to fire effluent caused by inappropriate materials. Our Afumex cables can help prevent the propagation of a fire and produce the least opaque smoke and harmful emissions as possible, essential in infrastructure projects.

Prysmian has installed its fire resistant, low fire-hazard cables in some of the world’s most prestigious buildings, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, Hamburg airport and the Wimbledon tennis stadium.