Alstom and its local joint venture (JV), Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. (SATEE), have been awarded a contract worth about €27 million by Beijing Metro in China to provide traction systems to equip 160 metro cars for the phase 3 of Beijing metro line 6, expected to enter into commercial service by the end of 2018.
Beijing metro line 6 is the city’s second east-west metro line, running in parallel to line 1. It is an important transportation artery aiming to reduce the traffic pressure on line 1 and east-west road traffic of Beijing. When completed, line 6 is expected to carry 1 million passangers every day.
Alstom and SATEE will provide the Optonix traction system specially designed and developed by Alstom for the Chinese market, and already ordered by major Chinese cities including Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao, Xi’an and Chengdu. The system uses electrical braking and features a lightweight and compact design, leading to high performance train operations capabilities. The system will be tested at SATEE’s facility in Shanghai before commissioning. The JV will also provide the propulsion inverter, auxiliary converter, brake resistor, master controller, gearbox and coupling. Traction motors will be produced locally by XAYEECO, Alstom’s JV for traction motors in China. Other key components such as high circuit breakers and traction control will also be provided by Alstom.
“Beijing, a city with the highest and most strict standards for its urban transport infrastructure, has chosen Alstom and its Chinese JV SATEE to participate in the extension of its metro network. This is proof of our leadership and expertise in the supply of reliable and safe urban transport solutions. Beijing Metro can rely on our partnership to enhance their passengers’ experience” said Fang Ling, Managing Director of Alstom China.
For the past two decades, Alstom has been deeply involved in the construction of the Beijing metro network. So far, Alstom has provided traction equipment to 692 metro cars for line 6 (phases 1 and 2) and line 15, as well as signalling systems to Beijing Airport Link, line 2, line 6, line 9, Fangshan line and line 1 (revamping).
As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector. Alstom manages the widest range of solutions in the market – from high-speed trains to metros and tramways – and associated maintenance, modernisation, infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.2 billion and booked €10 billion of orders in the 2014/15 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 32,000 people today.
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