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Alstom supplied traction system to newly opened Xian metro Line 3 in China

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The Xian metro line 3 phase one for which Alstom supplied traction system for the metros that circulate on started today revenue service. The contract was signed in 2013 between Alstom and Xian Metro Company to equip 246 metro cars with OptONIX traction system. That was the first transport contract for Alstom in Xian city.

Phase one - which is 39.1 km long and includes 26 stations connects the city from southwest to northeast, passing through important landmarks including Xian International University, Qinglong Temple, Chanba Ecological District, Xian International Habor Affairs Area, Xian Economic & Technological Development Zone and Xian Free Trade Zone. A further extension of the metro line toward the south is planned[1].

The OptONIX traction system is specifically designed and developed for the Chinese market[2]. The traction systems for line 3 of Xian metro were manufactured by Alstoms local joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. (SATEE)[3], with motors manufactured by another Alstom local joint venture, Xian Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co. (XAYEECO)[4]. Components came from Alstom Tarbes site in France and software from Alstom Charleroi site in Belgium. 

Alstom is proud to have participated in the Xian metro line 3 project which will greatly enhance and improve passenger experience of Xian commuters. With its internationally proven technology, localized manufacturing and excellent execution of projects, Alstom is the preferred partner to accompany Xian in its upcoming mobility projects said Ling Fang, Managing Director of China & East Asia, Alstom. 

Alstom has delivered traction solutions for more than 4,000 metro cars of 23 metro lines in 9 cities in China and abroad including XiAn, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao and Hong Kong. Its joint venture in China, SATEE, has had more than 16 years experience manufacturing traction system for metro cars.

[1] For a line that would be 46 km long and include 32 stations
[2] Launched in 2009
[3] Created in 1999. Alstom holds 60% of the shares
[4] Created in 2006. Alstom holds the majority of the shares. It is one of the two motor manufacturing sites for Alstom global.