Alstom in South Africa

A century of development

Alstom has been present in South Africa for more than a century. Throughout these years, Alstom has provided technology for a wide range of products and technologies playing a major part in developing the country’s infrastructure.

As a long standing partner of Eskom, Alstom has supplied major components to 12 of South Africa’s 13 coal fired power plants, and to the only nuclear power plant, which accounts for 80% of the installed capacity.

Alstom also played a historical role in providing train technology to the country, and plans to be part of the revitalisation of the rail and transport sector

Key data about Alstom in South Africa

  • Over 100 years of presence in South Africa
  • About 600 permanent employees
  • Alstom provided major equipment to 12 out of 13 coal fired power plants, and the only nuclear power plant
  • 80% of South Africa's electricity is generated from Alstom turbines
  • More than 800 South African artisans and professionals (including engineers) are being trained by Alstom
  • Alstom is a historical technology provider for passenger trains and locomotives in South Africa

President's Message

Welcome to Alstom in South Africa

Jerome BoyetAlstom has a long and sustainable history in South Africa. From its original set-up in Cape Town at the beginning of the twentieth century to its current headquarters for the Southern African region in Johannesburg, Alstom roots itself with a history of technological excellence and commitment to local economic and social progress.

Today, Alstom in South Africa is an active and valuable participant in South Africa’s endeavors in creating employment, chiefly through its role in the construction of new power generation facilities, as well as the enlargement of the local energy supply capacity. 

Localization is a business imperative and a key driver of our global strategy. In support of local industrial growth, we procure approximately 50% of the equipment required for our current power projects from South African suppliers. Additionally, we strive to develop long-term relationships with local companies, supporting them with training in our design, standards and specifications.

For Alstom, investment in skills development is an investment in South Africa’s future. By 2015, Alstom will have trained over 800 South Africans artisans, engineers and managers in most of the energy related disciplines. Alstom is present in over 75 countries throughout the world, with a long-term view of local development and we will continue leveraging our global expertise in the advancement of economic growth and job creation as well as the enrichment of our local supply chain - enabling us to deliver projects safely and efficiently.

We are proud to be a part of South Africa’s sustainable and independent energy future as well as the development of new rail transportation.

Jerome Boyet, Alstom Country President for South Africa – July 2014

Key people

  • Jerome Boyet - Country President
  • Mark Vernon Spinner - Legal Counsel
  • Rafael Alvarez-Garneria: MD, Power Automation & Control
  • Duke Mgaga - Alstom S&E Africa Country HR Director
  • Yvan Eriau: MD, Transport
  • Lee Dawes: MD, Steam Business, & Alstom S&E Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Frederic Diore: MD, Thermal Service
  • David Colville: Financial Director 


History and Key References

Alstom Power

As a long-standing partner of Eskom, Alstom has supplied major components to 12 of the 13 coal fired power plants in South Africa, and supplied the turbine and generator for the only nuclear power plant in Africa – Koeberg (2 x 965 MW). 

Alstom has major contracts in the construction of the world’s largest air cooled power stations: Medupi and Kusile.

Alstom is also involved in the upgrading of existing power stations namely Arnot, Duvha, Komati, Kriel, and Koeberg. 

References

2007: Equipment for the 4,800 MW Medupi coal-fired power station, located in the North-Eastern province of Limpopo:

  • Turbine Generator & Condenser Island 6 x 790MW
  • Control and Instrumentation System

2008: Equipment for the 4,740 MW Kusile coal-fired power station located in Mpumalanga province, east of Johannesburg

  • Turbine Generator & Condenser Island 6 x 790 MW
  • Control and Instrumentation System
  • Flue Gas Desulphurisation System

2008: Refurbishment and upgrade of 4 generators at the Gariep, Hydropower station located in the Orange River in Free State province (completed)

2009: Retrofit of Koeberg nuclear power station: 2 x 965 MW (completed) 

2008: Automation of Eskom’s latest thermal power plant projects, Kusile and Medupi

2012: Reconstruction of Duvha unit – 1 x 600 MW (completed) 

2012: Refurbishment of low pressure turbines on Kriel Power Station - 6 x 500 MW (in progress)

2013: Komati Retrofit 5 X 100MW + 4 x 125MW (completed) 

2013: Arnot Retrofit 6 x 400 MW (completed)

2013: Supply of spares for Eskom fleet (Modular spares approach: swappable modules for turbines/generators) (In progress)

Grid

Alstom Grid is active in the transformer and switchgear business in tensions ranging from 220-750kV. The engineering, manufacturing and installation of most of Alstom Grid transmission portfolio for Southern Africa are manufactured in South Africa by ACTOM. 

Alstom Transport

  • Alstom Transport is a historical technology supplier to the South African railways.
  • In 2013 a contract was awarded to Gibela – an Alstom lead joint-venture – by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to supply 600 passenger trains (3 600 coaches). 
  • Alstom Transport will localise its manufacturing capacity to support the EMU contract with PRASA and to revitalize the South African railway capacity

Sustainability

People, sustainability and the environment are at the heart of Alstom's business. We have pledged our commitment to limiting the impact our activities have on resources, promoting sustainable development and improving the lives of those who come into direct contact with our business.

Everywhere Alstom is located; we work with local communities and collaborate with local partners on sustainable development projects focused on tomorrow’s technologies, training, job creation and environmental preservation. 

Our corporate and social responsibilities are guided by an understanding that the decisions we make today, will define tomorrow.

Skills for Growth

Alstom recognises that a shortage of skills is a key constraint to South Africa's growth and engages in extensive training among employees as well as suppliers, enabling them to acquire new skills in a range of technologies.

Skills development is not confined to its own employees and supply chain; Alstom also addresses the broader need for skills in line with South Africa's national initiatives for economic advancement.

Alstom is funding training programmes that contribute to building capacity in the workforce – a vital requirement to sustain and support the expansion of the power generation industry.

As a result of these projects Alstom is training more than 650 artisans and 176 professionals, including engineers.

Alstom currently employs over 650 people in South Africa. In addition, in support of local industrial growth, at least 50% of the equipment required for the projects underway, including Medupi and Kusile, is being procured locally.

This is in line with Alstom's international strategy to maximise localisation and stimulate local economic development wherever it does business.

Health & Safety

The basis of our EHS Policy in South Africa is to strive towards full engagement of all employees, partners, contractors, suppliers & clients in our aim to achieve zero severe accidents and incidents, while taking care of the environment in which we operate.

Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and people working on our sites or under our management is a keystone of our sustainability goals. In addition, achieving high levels of pro-active health and safety standards contributes to customer satisfaction, business results and employee motivation.

Read more about Alstom’s commitment to safety here.

Local policies

  • BBBEE : Black Economic Empowerment, Sustainable business practices and Social Economic Development is at the heart of our business here in South Africa: In accordance with Government's transformation objectives, Alstom is able to comply with the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (B-BBEE) of 2003 and the Department of Trade and Industry's Codes of Good Practice.
  • The company has been evaluated by the National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA - a SANAS accredited verification agency) using the final Codes of Good Practice on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment for large enterprises and has achieved the following:- B-BBEE Contribution Level: 4: Procurement Recognition Level: 100% 

History

Alstom has been present in South Africa for more than a century, contributing to the development of the country’s infrastructure. 

Today, we remain dedicated to ensuring that the country develops in ways that protect the environment and promote economic advancement and social progress.

Last key dates:

2007: Key equipment for the 4,800 MW Medupi coal-fired power station, located in the North-Eastern province of Limpopo

  • Turbine Generator & Condenser Island 6 x 790MW
  • Control and Instrumentation System

2008: Key equipment for the 4,740 MW Kusile coal-fired power station located in Mpumalanga province, east of Johannesburg

  • Turbine Generator & Condenser Island 6 x 790 MW
  • Control and Instrumentation System
  • Flue Gas Desulphurisation System

2008: Refurbishment and upgrade of 4 generators at the Gariep, Hydropower station located in the Orange River in Free State province

2009: Retrofit of Koeberg nuclear power station

2010: Automation of Eskom’s latest thermal power plant projects, Kusile and Medupi

2012: Reconstruction of Duvha unit

2012: Contract awarded for the refurbishment of low pressure turbines on Kriel Power Station