Alstom and its local joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd. (SATEE), have been awarded a new contract worth €37 million by Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co., Ltd., to supply the state-of-the-art traction system to Shanghai Metro, existing lines 3 and 4. This new traction system will be operational in 2014.
According to the contract, Alstom and SATEE will provide traction systems equipped with the latest technology named ‘OPTONIX’ for the 210 metro cars of both lines. In operation since 2002, Shanghai metro line 3 (formerly known as “Pearl Line”) is equipped with Alstom Metropolis metro trains and Alstom ONIX traction system. This line covers 29 stations which connect North Jiangyang Road Station in the northern Baoshan District to Shanghai South Railway Station in the southern Xuhui District. Line 4 is a circle line with 26 stations, extending into Pudong area across the Huangpu River.
“OPTONIX” is a competitive system with latest technology, specially designed and developed by Alstom for the Chinese market. This advanced system reduces travel time and increase frequency of the train operation. Designed for high-speed metro, the system features lightweight and compact design, leading to high performance train operations. Already in service on Beijing line 15, this system is now fully operational with great reliability since the end of 2010.
“Metro cars and traction system of Shanghai line 3 was Alstom’s first contract in China in 1999 “ said Dominique Pouliquen, President of Alstom Transport Asia Pacific and Alstom China Country President. “This new contract clearly demonstrates Shanghai Shentong’s confidence and trust in Alstom technologies and solutions. With its strong localization strategy combined with enhanced R&D and engineering capabilities, Alstom has reinforced its leading position in traction system in China”.
Over the past years, Alstom has supplied more than 1,600 metro cars and obtained contracts of traction system for over 2,600 metro cars in China, including more than 1,200 Metropolis metro cars and related traction systems for Shanghai.