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
Welcome to Alstom in South Africa
Alstom 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