Photo: Alstom

Photo: Alstom

Alstom has been awarded a $18.6 million contract by Shanghai Shentong to supply traction systems, static inverters (SIV), and train control monitoring systems (TCMS) for 64 new metro cars destined to circulate on Shanghai metro line 2. The new metro cars will extend 16 existing metro trainsets from four cars to eight in order to increase transport capacity of the line which is facing higher ridership.

Shanghai metro line 2 connects the city from the west to the east via 30 stations in a total length of 40 miles, connecting two airports and major tourist sites in Shanghai including Jing’An temple, Nanjing Road, The Bund, Lujiazui and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Today, 360 metro cars are circulating on the line for which Alstom supplied traction systems, SIV and TCMS in 2006 and 2008.

Under this contract, Alstom is in charge of supplying its ONIX system, which includes traction inverters, motors, static inverters and a train control and monitoring system. The ONIX system is designed to improve operational performance and reduce life cycle costs by using regenerative electrical braking. The TCMS system, which interfaces, controls and monitors train equipment and processes, allows full control system integration.

In 1999, Alstom won its first metro contract in China to supply 168 metropolis metro cars for Shanghai Line 3. So far, Alstom has supplied 1,222 metropolis metro cars for seven Shanghai metro lines. 3 Alstom joint ventures have been established in Shanghai since 1986 providing signaling systems, traction systems, metro and trams to China and abroad.