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Alstom to supply traction system for 174 metro cars of Nanjing metro line 4 in China

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Alstom and its local joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd. (SATEE), have been awarded a contract by Nanjing Metro Group to provide traction systems and associated services to the Nanjing Metro line 4 phase I project. The contract value is approximately 28 million. The Nanjing Metro Line 4 is expected to be put into commercial operation in October 2015.

Phase I of Nanjing Metro Line 4 is about 34 kilometres in length and includes 18 stations. It will connect the western and eastern parts of the city and thus will play a key role in the citys economic development. Alstom has been cooperating with Nanjing Metro Group for more than a decade. With its involvement in six out of eight lines of Nanjing Metro, Alstom is contributing to the massive expansion of the citys metro network (1).

According to the contract, Alstom and its local JV SATEE will provide traction systems equipped with the latest technology named OPTONIX for 174 metro cars of Nanjing metro line 4. SATEE will provide the propulsion inverter, auxiliary convertor, brake resistor, master controller and traction motor with key components provided by Alstom. OPTONIX is a state-of-the-art technology, specially designed and developed by Alstom for the Chinese market. Designed for metro, the system features lightweight and compact design, leading to high performance train operations.

"We are very glad that Nanjing Metro has selected Alstoms advanced traction system. This new contract shows the continued trust of our long-term relationship with Nanjing Metro. Alstom will take this contract a further opportunity to further boost our localization capabilities in our SATEE JV Traction site, hence to strengthen our position on the booming Chinese metro market" said Dominique Pouliquen, Senior Vice President of Alstom Transport Asia Pacific and Alstom China Country President.

The system will be manufactured locally by SATEE and supported by Alstoms manufacturing facility in Charleroi in Belgium.

(1) 456 metro cars for: Nanjing metro Line 1, Line 2 and Nanjing Line 1-South Extension; Traction systems for: Nanjing Line 10 and Nanjing airport link-phase 1.

About Alstom Transport in China

Alstom's long-term co-operation with Chinese railway dated back in 1950s, when the company provided to China the first electric locomotive.  Since then, Alstom Transport has become one of major foreign suppliers to the Chinese rail transport market, providing its state-of-the-art products and solutions ranging from rolling stock, signaling to infrastructure segments to China. Committed as one of the most reliable and long-term partner for Chinese rail industry, Alstom Transport presently has 3 operational offices, 5 joint ventures and 1,700 employees in China.  


Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd. (SATEE) is a joint venture set up by Alstom Transport and Shanghai Electric Group in 1999, specialized in traction equipment. Within the Alstom consortium, SATEE has been involved in the projects for Shanghai Metro lines 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10, and Nanjing Metro Line 1, Line 1 ext. and Line 2, as well asBeijing Line 15, and Beijing Line 6. 

About Alstom Transport

A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, taking in rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure, and offers turnkey solutions. Alstom Transport recorded sales of 5.2 billion euros in the fiscal year 2011-2012. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs 24,700 people.

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