Alstom in China

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.

Key references

Xiangjiaba hydro power plant

Xiangjiaba underground hydro power plant is China’s third highest capacity hydroelectric plant and the world’s seventh highest capacity hydropower plant. Alstom designed and manufactured four hydroelectric generating units for the Xiangjiaba hydro power plant, which successfully entered commercial operation between November 2012 and June 2013. These 800 MW class units coupled with an 889 MVA generator are the most powerful hydroelectric generating units in the world. Each unit is able to supply the yearly electricity consumption of approximately 5 million inhabitants during a year.

The four units were delivered in a record time for such large machines - at an average of one unit every four months. The units all passed reliability tests in the first phase. The turbines and generators were manufactured at Alstom’s hydropower industrial facility in Tianjin (China). The facility is Alstom’s largest hydropower manufacturing base and a leading supplier of equipment in China and across Asia. In recognition of the company’s outstanding performance in contract execution, excellent quality and on-time delivery of hydro turbine generator units and auxiliary equipment for the Xiangjiaba Hydro Power Plant, Alstom was given an Excellent Supplier award by the China Three Gorges Corporation.

Ling Ao nuclear power station

In 2005 Alstom’s ARABELLE™ technology was selected by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group for the extension of the Ling Ao nuclear power station: the Ling Ao phase II with new Units 3&4. This project continues to reinforce the leadership position of Alstom’s nuclear turbine technology in China. Alstom has an extensive nuclear expertise in China that dates back to Daya Bay power plant for which Alstom’s full-speed turbine generators reached commercial operation in 1994, ahead of schedule. The two Units provided for Ling Ao phase I also successfully entered commercial operation in 2002 and 2003.

Since the signature of Ling Ao phase II, Alstom’s presence has been further strengthened with contracts for Hong Yan He, Fuqing, Fangjiashan, Ningde, Taishan and Tianwan. A key driver of these successes is the high level of electrical output made possible by the selection of the ARABELLE™ halfspeed turbine technology.

Beijing Metro Line 2 and Airport Link

Alstom provided the most advanced Urbalis™ (CBTC) solution to Beijing Metro Line 2. The solution is a state-of-the-art mass transit control system that integrates a CBTC system based on communications and radio network, spread spectrum WLAN, interlock system, trackside equipment and control center etc. Beijing Metro Line 2 is the first metro line with radio CBTC system in service in China, and also the world’s first project involving a revamp to a CBTC system. The Automatic Train Operation system (ATO) of Alstom’s Urbalis™ solution could optimize Line 2’s train operation, improve efficiency and answer the challenge of larger passenger volume.  With this system, passengers could enjoy a comfortable, safe and punctual travel. With the new CBTC system, passengers in city center of Beijing will enjoy a reduction of 30 seconds from the usual 3-minutes interval during peak/rush hours.  Now the interval has been further reduced to only 2 minutes on Line 2.

In addition, Alstom also provided the cutting-edge Urbalis™ solution (CBTC) for the Beijing Airport Link, which could realize driverless operation under normal condition. Beijing Airport Link is the first line in China’s rail traffic area to adopt driverless technology, which represents a significant improvement on signaling system control technology and the organization and management of the operation. Currently the Beijing Airport Link could achieve a top speed of 110 km/h, the minimum train interval is 7 minutes 30 seconds. Alstom’s Urbalis™ solution (CBTC) brings a number of benefits to passengers: it shortens the follow-up distance of trains along the subway line, which increase the frequency of trains to help alleviate the overcrowding on the platform during the rush hour.  Besides, the system enables faster train speed and thus shorter time per trip, as trains can run close to the speed limits during curves and slopes.

Corporate Responsibility

People, sustainability, and the environment lie at the heart of Alstom's strategy. Alstom provides rail transport, power generation and transmission solutions that protect the environment while ensuring economic growth and social progress, providing a major contribution to sustainable development worldwide. Alstom expects to further the cooperation with the local communities and people in China through its project, and to enhance Alstom’s repaying for the society.

Contributing to the local community

Aware of its role in society, Alstom has embarked on a strategy to participate in and contribute to local communities.

In November 2007, Alstom set up a Foundation to promote and support environmental protection initiatives, which will run for five years with an annual budget of €1 million to finance the most original and attractive ideas selected worldwide. In China, Alstom Foundation has financed three projects: the "Green Shopping Bag" Project to promote the use of reusable shopping bags and the "Biodiversity Conservation in Northwest Yunnan - Meili Mountain and Laojun Mountain" Project for biodiversity preservation in 2008, as well as the "Alstom Forest" Project in 2011 to plant 2011 trees in Beijing.
In 2013, Alstom China employees participated in a volunteering programme called "Care for Sunvillage" organized by the company's Labour Union in Beijing. The objective of this programme is to help disadvantaged children living in the NGO Sunvillage. Alstom employees donated RMB23,600 to the NGO, together with 1,500 items of clothing, 550 household items and 350 books. In addition, Alstom Beijing employees and their family members participated the Spring Charity Walking in two consecutive years. A total of near RMB10,000 was raised by the participants, which will be used in supporting education of migrant children. 

In 2013, Alstom Hydro China (AHC) launched "Alstom Forest" Project in Tianjin, a total of 800 trees will be planted at the Tianjin Airport Economic Zone. Alstom provided financial support of 500,000 RMB to the “Tree Saving, Life Protection” programme, with the objective to increase awareness of environmental protection and threat of desertification among local people especially students.

Offsetting the impact of Alstom's activities

The new WBC and the new Tianjin Hydro workshops have energy efficient design that will improve the working conditions of its workers while lightening Alstom’s environmental footprint. Architectural innovations, such as low-energy lighting, solar-powered water heater, and geothermal heat exchanger, etc were applies in order to reduce energy intensity and CO2 emissions.

The world’s first power transformer "Green factory" - SEC Alstom (Wuhan) Transformer: SAWT is designed and built in accordance with the principles of energy saving and emission reduction. Latest manufacturing technologies and standards are implemented in production and operations to ensure the highest level of product quality. The traditional diesel generator or boiler has been replaced by alternative environmentally-friendly solutions making the factory free of direct CO2 emissions. Waste of condensed water from steam is utilized as a new source of heat. Moreover The workshop are also equipped with energy saving applications such as energy efficient lights, solar energy powered exterior illumination system, rain water collection and storage system, breakthrough waterless flushing system to reduce water consumption and protect environment.

Building tomorrow’s company

Alstom has established solid partnership with leading universities in China. Currently we have Alstom Scholarship Programs in eight universities, including Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Chongqing University, Southeast University and Hohai University. 

The company has partnership agreements with Huazhong University of Science & Technology and “Ecole Centrale Du Pekin”. A number of joint R&D projects are under development between Alstom and top institutions such as Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and etc. We also provide free technical and career planning lectures to our university partners, to further enhance cooperation in future talent development. Meanwhile, we provide internship opportunities to university students. 

Putting employees at the heart of our strategy

People is at the core of Alstom. Alstom’s human resources management strategy is designed to help the employees make the most of their talents, which focuses on promoting career development, recognising both individual and collective contributions to Group successes and improving working conditions. 

Alstom is committed to achieve excellence with regard to Environmental, Health and Safety: to ensure our workplace free from accidents and injuries, to care for natural resources and prevent pollution to protect the environment. In each Alstom site, we have designated people responsible for implementing EHS programs and procedures. All the Alstom employees are required to work towards safe and healthy workplace and minimized impact to the environment in which we live and work. Alstom's facilities are committed to OHSAS 18001: 2007 "Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems-Requirements" compliance. 

Alstom has a complete system for talent development - People Management Cycle. By leveraging its process and tools, the company is enabled to provide an individual development plan for each employee after a comprehensive assessment of his/her performance, competence and promotability. We adopt multiple methods for people development: on top of the traditional classroom training sessions and e-learning programmes, we also have coaching, mentoring, on-job training and overseas training to meet different needs.

The company has its own corporate university - Alstom University, to provide Alstom employees with high-quality training and e-learning programmes and in the meantime to provide and maintain the knowledge management platform, which promotes the know-how and experience sharing across sectors and regions. In year 2013/14, 1207 participants have completed various training programs organized by Alstom University China Campus. 

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 9,000 employees.

1958: Alstom began supplying China with electric and diesel electric locomotives
1979: The first representative office in Beijing was established.

1986: The contract to supply conventional island to Daya Bay nuclear power plant

1995: Establishment of Tianjin Alstom Hydro Co., Ltd. (TAH).

1997: The contract to supply 14 turbine-generator units to Three Gorges Project.

1998: The contract for Wai Gao Qiao thermal power plant.

1999: Establishment of Alstom (China) Investment Co. Ltd. in Beijing.

1999: Establishment of Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd (SATEE) and Shanghai Alstom Transport Co., Ltd (SATCO).

1999: The contract for Shanghai Metro Line 3.

2002: The contract for Nanjing Metro Line 1.

2003: Suzhou High Voltage Switchgear Co. Ltd formed. 

2003: The contract of 300MW CFB boiler for Baima thermal power plant.

2004: Alstom inaugurated the Alstom Beizhong Power (Beijing) Co., Ltd (ABP) in Beijing.

2004: The contract to supply 60 EMU and 180 BoBo locomotives to China.

2005: Alstom with its partner Dongfang Electric won Ling Ao Nuclear Phase II’s conventional island.

2007: The contract for 500 CoCo locomotives- the world’s most powerful electric freight locomotive.

2008: The contract of Taishan Phase I’s 2x1755MW steam-turbine generator packages in partnership with Dongfang Electric.   

2009: Inauguration of the new manufacturing site of Wuhan Boiler Company Ltd. (WBC) in Wuhan.

2010: Alstom inaugurated Alstom Hydro China Co. Ltd (AHC) —the TAH extension.  

2011: Inauguration of Alstom Grid’s China Technology Centre in Shanghai.

2011: The contract for Beijing Metro Line 6 and Qingdao Metro Line 3.

2012: Cornerstone ceremony of Alstom Renewable Power’s hydro Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Tianjin. 

2013: Alstom’s new hydro industrial site with a Global Technology Center (GTC) was inaugurated in

2014: Alstom signed two major strategic cooperation agreements with China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (Energy China) and China Datang Corporation, to further expanded its leading position in the power equipment market.