Alstom and its local joint venture Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment (SATEE) have won a €37m contract from Shanghai Shentong Metro Group to supply a traction system to Shanghai Metro‘s lines 3 and 4.
Alstom and SATEE will supply traction systems fitted with Optonix technology for the 210 metro cars that operate across both lines.
Line 3, which is currently equipped with Alstom’s Onix traction system and Alstom Metropolis metro trains, connects North Jiangyang Road Station in Baoshan District to the Shanghai South Railway Station in Xuhui District, serving 29 stations.
Shanghai Metro line 4 is a circular line that has 26 stations and passes through the Pudong region beyond the Huangpu River.
The Optonix system has been developed by Alstom specifically for the Chinese market to reduce travel time and increase the operating frequency of trains.
The system, which is designed for high-speed metro, is characterised by a lightweight and compact design, ensuring efficient operation of trains.
The new traction system is scheduled to be operational in 2014.
Optonix is already in use on line 15 of the Beijing Metro, having been completed in late 2010.
Alstom Transport president of Asia Pacific and Alstom China country president Dominique Pouliquen said the metro cars and traction system of Shanghai line 3 was Alstom’s first contract in China in 1999.
"With its strong localisation strategy combined with enhanced R&D and engineering capabilities, Alstom has reinforced its leading position in traction system in China," said Pouliquen.
Alstom has supplied around 1,600 metro cars and secured traction system contracts for over 2,600 metro cars in China.
Image: Alstom and SATEE will deliver traction systems with Optonix technology for the 210 metro trains on Shanghai Metro lines 3 and 4. Photo: courtesy of Baycrest.