Innovation & Environment
Shaping the Future of Power and Rail Transport
Transport, power and grid transmission play a pivotal role in sustainable development of society. These three infrastructure markets share the same concern: the need to strike a balance in combining economic and social development with enhanced environmental protection.
Alstom Group is a global leader in equipment and services for rail transport, power generation and power transmission, and it is recognized for innovative, environmentally friendly solutions. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries and regions. In fiscal year 2013/14 (as of March 31, 2014), Alstom booked €21.5 billion of orders. Sales, at €20.3 billion, showed a 4% organic growth compared to last year.
Alstom China offers comprehensive rail transport, power generation as well as transmission solutions and is a long-term dedicated partner of China’s rail transport, power and transmission infrastructure industry in the past 56 years. By joining hands with Chinese partners, Alstom enables customers to be more competitive, efficient and environmentally friendly. Alstom presents in China through more than 20 entities with around 7,500 employees.
Alstom Power in China – Environment Protection Leads New Era of Clean Power
Alstom has an extensive range of power solutions for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, coal, gas, biomass, solar and wind, and is a leader in air quality control system (reduction of CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions). In China, Alstom’s advanced and reliable technological expertise has equipped many prestigious power projects, by providing most advanced technologies and solutions to our customers.
We have supplied 14 hydro generator units for left bank, right bank and underground of the Three Gorges Project, and the governing and computer control systems for left bank. We have delivered four units to the Xiangjiaba hydro power plant. They are the most powerful hydroelectric units ever built in the world. We have provided turbine islands for a number of nuclear projects, including the Daya Bay, Ling Ao Phase I and II, Hongyanhe and Taishan nuclear power plants, and also provided the Total Technical Services for Daya Bay and Ling Ao turbine islands. Through working together with local partners, Alstom has accumulated a 20% market share of the total Chinese installed capacity of large hydro equipment over the past ten years, and also has a nearly 50% market share of turbine islands for nuclear power plants. Alstom also provides boilers, steam turbine and generator sets for fossil fuel projects, and construction of combined cycle projects.
Alstom is active in forming strategic alliances with local partners to supply its state-of-the-art solutions to the Chinese market. In 2013, Alstom signed a long term agreement to license its GT13E2 gas turbine for manufacture, assembly and sales in China through the Harbin Turbine Corporation (HTC). By working in this partnership, Alstom and HTC have won orders including one GT13E2 gas turbine for Shenzhen Nantian Electric Power Company (Nantian), two GT13E2 gas turbine generator sets for Huaneng Power International’s (HPI) Suzhou combined heat and power plant, and two sets of GT13E2 gas turbines for HPI’s Tongxiang plant in Zhejiang province. In March 2014, the GT13E2 gas turbine provided to Nantian has been successfully synchronized to the grid at the company’s combined cycle power plant in Shenzhen.
In July 2013, Alstom signed a cooperation agreement with China's Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC) on the supply of turbine & generator packages for future Chinese AP 1000 nuclear power projects. This agreement has a strategic importance for both Alstom and DEC as China resumes building nuclear power plants and moves towards 'Generation III' nuclear power technology. In early 2014, Alstom also signed three major strategic cooperation agreements with China Energy Construction Group Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (GEDI), China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (Energy China) and China Datang Corporation, to further expand its leading position in the power equipment market.
Alstom is committed to enhance local competencies and R&D capabilities in China. On September 17, 2013, Alstom’s new hydro industrial site with a Global Technology Center (GTC) was inaugurated in Tianjin. It is Alstom’s largest hydro industrial site worldwide and Alstom Hydro China has become a full value chain entity with a wide array of activities, ranging from R&D, sales & marketing, engineering design, sourcing, manufacturing, project management, installation maintenance and service.
Alstom Transport in China – Innovation Expedites Modernization of Rail Transport
Alstom is a key player in the rapid development of the Chinese railway system. Alstom’s transport sector has a long-standing commitment to serving Chinese national and urban rail transport markets since the 1950s supplying diesel and electric locomotives to China. In 1958, Alstom supplied 25 electric locomotives for the Baocheng line – the first electrified railway in China. From 1958 to 1970, Alstom Transport supplied China with 115 diesel and electric locomotives.
In 1985, the cooperation reached new levels. China Railway ordered 150 “8K” dual-compartment electric locomotives. In the same year, Alstom started its technology transfer to China.
In mainline market, Alstom has won a number of key contracts together with local partners: in keeping with the Chinese policy of “introducing, digesting, absorbing, and re-innovation of advanced technology from foreign suppliers”, Alstom provided advanced technology (based on its Pendolino platform) and supported Changchun Railway Vehicles Company to develop the highspeed trains (CRH5) platform by facilitating the priduction of 175 trains; we also worked with Datong Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd., on the manufacturing of 680 high-power double locomotives, these trains were based on Alstom’s most advanced PRIMA 6000 trains. On top of these, Alstom also won its milestone infrastructure contract in China for the electrification of the Shi-Tai high-speed line from MoR.
In metro market, Alstom has participated in metro network construction in such cities as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Kunming, Nanning, Zhengzhou, Qingdao, Wuxi, Xi’an, Chengdu and Changchun. In Mainland China, currently Alstom has supplied 1,222 and 456 METROPOLIS cars to Shanghai and Nanjing respectively, provided traction systems to 12 metro lines to cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Xi’an, as well as provided signaling systems to 31 metro lines in 14 cities. With over 20 years’ experience in the tram business, Alstom has sold nearly 1,700 vehicles world-wide. We are poised to introduce this clean, environmentally friendly mode of public transport throughout China.
Alstom Grid in China – Expertise in power transmission gives new dimension to the Group
Alstom completes a decisive stage in its development by forming Alstom Grid in June 2010 by acquiring Areva T&D’s transmission business, to supplement the existing two sectors in power generation and rail transport. Alstom Grid boasts its 100 years of experience in the development of the world electrical grids, advanced technologies and expertise in key domains such as power electronics, ultra high voltage, direct current interconnections, integration of renewables into the grid and network management solutions.
With a presence of more than 50 years in China, Alstom Grid has major references in transmission, which include: HVDC - Ningdong-Shandong HVDC link and Three Gorges HVDC Project (Gezhou Dam to Shanghai), bushing for SGCC's 1st 1100 kV transmission line and 550 kV GIL for China Guangdong Nuclear Group Ningde nuclear substation, delivery of ±600kV DC converter transformers to Brazilian Rio Madeira project, which is world’s longest power transmission line, delivery of 780 MVA 525 kV three-phase generator transformers to Huaxia Yangxi Power Plant. On 1st March 2014, Alstom’s very first 800 kV HVDC converter transformer passed factory acceptance tests in Shandong, China. This converter transformer, the highest voltage level yet for Alstom, will enable State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) to power part of the Jinping to Sunan 2,090 km long UHVDC (Ultra High Voltage Direct Current) power link. In early 2014, Alstom Grid has successfully delivered three 450 MVA 525 kV single-phase generator transformers to Tanjung Bin Power Plant in Malaysia. The delivery of these top of the range products demonstrates Alstom’s manufacturing capabilities to meet the growing demands of the global high voltage transmission market.
In March 2011, as a strategic move of Alstom Grid, we opened China Technology Center in Shanghai. It is an advanced centre for research, development and testing of Ultra High Voltage Alternating Current (UHVAC) and Ultra High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) transmission equipment and energy management solutions.