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Alstom Grid honoured in China for world’s first “green” transformer plant


SEC Alstom (Wuhan) Transformers Co., Ltd., a joint venture of Alstom Grid and Shanghai Electric Group (SEC), has won a 2011 National Investment Projects Excellence Award from the Investment Association of China. The award recognises the successful realisation of the SEC Alstom Wuhan Transformers (SAWT) “green” transformer plant – a world first.

SAWT is one of the most advanced Ultra High Voltage transformer manufacturing sites in China, able to design, manufacture and test Ultra High Voltage Alternating Current (UHVAC) transformers up to 1200 kV and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transformers up to 1100kV.

From its conception, SAWT set out to be a reference in environmentally conscious factory design and management, underscoring Alstom Grid’s continued commitment to sustainable development. In November 2009, SAWT received a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certificate from the United States Green Building Council. SAWT’s green initiatives include the use of environmental friendly materials for office and factory construction; solar energy for exterior lighting and recycled waste steam for heating. No boiler or diesel generators assure low carbon emissions while a rainwater collection system saves water.

The Investment Association of China (IAC) honours projects that show excellence in advanced technology and innovation, but also safety. Alstom Grid is one of 38 projects to be recognised by IAC in 2011. Others include the Three Gorges Dam project, Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway and Pudong Airport Expansion.

About Alstom

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world. It provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in more than 70 countries, and had sales of over € 23 billion* in 2009/10. (*Pro forma figures)

Alstom Grid, the newest sector of Alstom, formed following the recent acquisition of AREVA’s Transmission activities on 7 June 2010, has over 100 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to their customers’ projects. Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with a sales turnover of approximately € 3.5 billion in 2009. It has 20,000 employees and over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide.

At the heart of the development of Smart Grid, Alstom Grid offers products, services and integrated energy management solutions across the full energy value chain—from power generation, through transmission and distribution grids and to the large end user.

Press Contact

Min Lu (Alstom Grid China) – Tel : +86 21 2208 6088 ext 6002

Emmanuelle Helleux (Alstom Grid) – Tel : +33 1 47 01 70 87