Today, Alstom inaugurated its new site dedicated to substation automation solutions for electrical grids, located in Lambermont (Verviers) in the presence of Melchior Wathelet, Secretary of State for Energy, Environment and Mobility in Belgium, and His Excellency the Ambassador of France in Belgium, Bernard Valero.
The Verviers site, currently with 32 employees, is dedicated to the design, certification and manufacturing of protection and control systems for electrical substations for the Benelux market. These solutions are integrated and delivered in electrical panels to customers.
On this occasion, the 1000th protection and control panel was delivered to Elia, the Belgian network transmission operator. With this new installation, Alstom supports the modernisation of the operator's high-voltage network.
"This new Alstom site, dedicated to the technological development of substation automation solutions, has the know-how to provide reliable and innovative technology solutions for the entire Benelux market," said Roger Nicolaye, Managing Director of the Alstom Grid site in Belgium.
This substation automation equipment helps integrate intermittent and distributed renewable energy, interconnect different power transmission networks and operate energy transmission networks at optimal capacity. This expertise is essential in the move to a fully-digital substation, key to changing electric grids into smart grids.
Alstom is a global leader in infrastructure for production and transmission of electricity, and for rail transport. The Group acts as a benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest trains in the world and automatic metros with the greatest capacity. Alstom provides turnkey integrated power plants, equipment and related services for all energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind. Alstom offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, particularly in the area of "smart" grids. Alstom employs 93,000 people in a hundred countries, achieved sales of over €20 billion and recorded nearly €24 billion euros in orders in 2012/13.
Alstom Grid has a vision: to create innovative solutions to develop a flexible, reliable electric grid that is accessible to all and environmentally friendly throughout the world. We design, produce, install and maintain the systems and products for the transmission and distribution of electricity that will power a low-carbon economy for our planet, today and tomorrow.
Alstom Grid has over 130 years of experience and is one of the top 3 players in the power transmission sector with an annual turnover of more than €4 billion. The 19,000 employees of Alstom Grid, on 88 manufacturing and engineering sites throughout the world share the same mission: to be a trusted partner for our customers, from the power plant to the town. Energising a more intelligent world... with Alstom
Alstom Belgium is a skills centre for several sectors of the Alstom Group: Thermal Power, Grid and Transport. It provides its customers in Belgium and in Europe with national and European signalling systems, the Thermal Services centre has unique expertise in the fields of nuclear power and engine maintenance, and the Grid activity provides the highly technical equipment needed for control and protection. Alstom Belgium employs 1,330 people on six sites in Belgium with an R & D team numbering 110 people. For the financial year 2012/2013, Alstom Belgium achieved a turnover of €341 million.
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