Alstom in China

Alstom China President’s Message

Dr. Gao Yan, Country President of Alstom China Dr. Gao Yan

As one of the first foreign companies entered into the Chinese market, Alstom has been tightly attached with the country for a long time. In the past 56 years, Alstom actively participated in China's development, and has become a long-term dedicated partner of China’s rail transport, power and transmission infrastructure industry. Adhering to our long-term commitment to China and the belief of developing together with the country, Alstom brought innovative and environmentally friendly technologies, as well as reliable and quality products to China’s prosperity, sparing no effort to contribute to China’s with our unique solutions. The fiscal year 2013/14 has been an extraordinary year for Alstom China. With the joint efforts from all staff, we have made major achievements despite the challenging macroeconomic environment and increasingly severe market competition. 

In power generation, we inaugurated the new site of Alstom Hydro China on September 17, 2013. This site, which possesses a Global Technology Center, is Alstom's largest hydro industrial facility in the world and demonstrates our long-term commitment to enhancing local competitiveness and R&D capabilities in China. Furthermore, all four units manufactured by Alstom for Xiangjiaba hydro power plant successfully entered commercial operation. They are the most powerful hydroelectric generating units in the world.

Apart from continuously achieving orders in the traditional power generation sector such as steam turbines, turbine generator sets for nuclear power plants as well as boilers, we have achieved remarkable business growth in the Thermal Service sector. We were awarded the long-term service contract by Tongxiang plant, as well as contracts for Lanxi, Mawan and Jiahua plants steam turbine retrofit etc.
Alstom is active in forming strategic alliances with local partners to supply its state-of-the-art solutions to the Chinese market. In the last fiscal year alone, we have signed a long term agreement with Harbin Turbine Corporation to license the GT13E2 gas turbine for manufacturing, sale and assembly in China; a cooperation agreement with Dongfang Electric on the supply of turbines & generators for Chinese nuclear projects using AP 1000 reactors; two strategic cooperation agreements respectively with Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute and China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd. on equipment supply and technical services for key Chinese and overseas power projects.
In rail transport, we won the first batch of metro contracts in central and western China: Chengdu Line 3, 4 and Xi’an Line 3 traction systems contracts. Some other major achievements include Nanjing Line 4 traction system and Hong Kong Metro Shatin to Central link infrastructure system contracts.
In the power transmission sector, our Wuhan transformer factory delivered 600kv HVDC converter transformers to Brazil’s Rio Madeira transmission line, which is the world’s longest power transmission project. It also successfully commissioned its highest-rated generator transformer in China for the Guangdong Huaxia Yangxi Power Plant, and delivered Alstom’s first 800 kV HVDC converter transformer to State Grid Corporation of China. 
Despite the rewarding success thus far, we need to understand that the future is filled with challenges. We also need to further strengthen our cooperation with local partners to establish long-term win-win relationship built upon mutual trust. 
The year of 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the China-France diplomatic relationship. We should take this great opportunity to accelerate Alstom’s development in China, lay down and implement an active and effective strategy. Alstom has been present in the Chinese market for more than 50 years with a solid foundation and excellent employees. Our state-of-the-art technology and innovation capabilities have been highly recognized by our Chinese customers. I believe with the joint efforts of all of us, we will be able to build a prosperous future for Alstom China.

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.