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Alstom to Supply Traction Systems to Xian Metro’s Line 5

Alstom will supply the Xian metro in Shaanxi province, China, with traction systems for 222 metro cars, equalling 37 trains. These are for phase one of Line 5. The French transportation solutions provider will also provide traction systems for 180 metro cars – 30 trains – for phase two of Line 5. The contract is worth roughly 42 million euros (47 million USD). 

Platform on Line 2 of the Xi'an Metro, China
Xian Metro © Jucember under licence

Alstom will supply its OptONIX traction system, which includes VVVF (variable voltage/variable frequency drive), CVS (static converters) and motors. Alstom designed and developed OptONIX especially for the Chinese market.


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This contract is not Alstom’s first involvement in the Xian metro project. It has previously supplied traction systems for 246 metro cars – 41 trains – for phase one of Line 3 of the city’s metro.

Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom in China & East Asia, said:

“Winning these contracts demonstrate the high level of trust customers in Xian have for Alstom. We now provide traction systems gradually for over six hundred metro cars, making us one of the major traction system suppliers in the market. Xian has become another strategic market for Alstom in China.”


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Xian Metro Line 5

Xian is the capital of the Chinese province of Shaanxi. Its metro first opened in 2011, with the fourth line opening in December 2018. Line 5 will be 45km in length and have 34 stations. Construction on the line began in 2016. Running in an east-west direction, the line is scheduled to open to the public in 2020. It connects Xi’an city with Xixian New District.

Alstom Joint Ventures Involved

Two Alstom joint ventures will deliver the traction systems for Xian metro:

SATEE – Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd – a joint venture between Alstom and Shanghai Electric Group established in 1999, will manufacture the traction systems.


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XAYEECO – Xian Alstom Yongi Electric Equipment Co. Ltd – a joint venture between Alstom and CNR Yongi Electric Machine Factory (now CRRC) established in 2006, will supply the traction motors for the traction system.

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