Contract for the Grand Paris Express to supply traction cables

Nexans has been awarded its first over three-year traction cable contract for the Grand Paris Express by the installer VINCI-Energies Traction, consortium composed by Cegelec Mobility and SDEL Transport Grands Projets, two companies part of VINCI-Energies. The Consortium is in charge of providing the energy traction supply for the new metro line 15 South section.


Nexans is also the first cable manufacturer to receive an order for this infrastructure project. For more than three years, Nexans will design, manufacture and supply over 240 km of traction cables that will be installed along the rails to provide safer and more reliable traction power for the metro Line 15 South.

In option, logistic services could be provided with the “PRIME Offer” (storage, cutting, delivery, drums management) of the Nanterre Logistics Center, where Nexans has invested €1.5 million in additional capacity. This service option could ensure secured and on-time deliveries that would optimize cables installation for VINCI-Energies Traction.

With an investment in the region of €35.6 billion, the Grand Paris Express is currently one of the world’s largest infrastructure project entirely managed by The Société du Grand Paris. It will double the existing Paris Metro network by adding four new lines, 68 stations and 200 km of track. Along its 33 km length, the metropolitan Line 15 South will run from Pont-de-Sèvres to Noisy-Champs, passing through 22 districts to serve more than one million people. Line 15 will be the first in the region to enter service, with a planned opening in 2025.

The majority of the traction cables for metro Line 15 are from the K25 range developed by Nexans to comply with stringent fire performance railway standards, including anti-fire propagation and non-flame propagation with no droplets and low smoke according to Euroclass B2caS1ad0a1. R2V cables will complete the contract.

The traction cables for the Line 15 South will mainly be manufactured by the Nexans plant in Mehun-sur-Yèvre, France. First installation of the cables is scheduled for Q3 2021.




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