China’s Chengdu Metro awards traction systems contract to Alstom
1 July 2016 • Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Chengdu Metro Corp Ltd has awarded a contract for the supply of traction systems for 288 metro cars to Alstom for operation on the city’s Line 3.
Alstom will supply traction systems for metro cars that are due to circulate on the new Chengdu Metro Line 3 in the province of Sichuan, China.
Chengdu Metro Line 3 will be 50km long with 37 stations
The line is being built in three phases, with a first phase due to open in August 2016. The contract, worth around €40 million, is for phases 2 and 3 of the line; expected to start its trial run in 2018. Once complete, Line 3 will be 50 km long and include 37 stations. It will connect the suburbs of Chengdu to the city centre.
Through its Chinese joint venture SATEE (Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd.), Alstom is supplying its metro traction system OptONIX, specifically designed and developed for the Chinese market.
Alstom was also in charge of supplying the traction systems for the 144 metro cars that will circulate on the first phase of Line 3. The traction systems for all three phases are being manufactured by SATEE in China and Alstom in France and Belgium, with components supplied by Tarbes and software supplied by Charleroi.
“We are pleased to be awarded a new contract by the city of Chengdu to participate in the extension of its metro network”
Ling Fang, Managing Director of China & East Asia, Alstom, said: “We are pleased to be awarded a new contract by the city of Chengdu to participate in the extension of its metro network, which will significantly shorten the commuting time of its passengers through a transport solution that is reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly. With the objective of developing greener transport solutions, the city of Chengdu can rely on Alstom’s urban mobility solutions, and its proximity to China through its valuable local JV SATEE, to achieve this aim.”