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Alstom inaugurates Indias first digital substation automation competence centre

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Alstom, the world leader in power generation, transmission and transport, today announced the inauguration of Indias first Digital Substation Automation Competence Centre in Pallavaram, Chennai. The facility was inaugurated by Mr. Rathin Basu, Managing Director Alstom T&D India, Mr. Patrick Plas, Senior Vice-President, Grid Power Electronics & Automation, and Mr. Hervé Amossé, Vice-President Substation Automation Solutions, both Alstom Grid in the presence of key customers and other dignitaries. 

Alstom is a leader in Substation Automations Solutions, both in India and worldwide, with its wide portfolio of protection control relays, digital control systems (DCS), Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) and advanced engineered solutions for substation automation. The Competence Centre showcases Alstoms commitment to participating in the development of Indias future energy landscape. With the new facilities, Alstom strengthens its know-how in digital technology, supporting its strategy of transforming the energy grid and developing the substations of the future. It will also help realise the ambitions of many Indian customers to deploy smart grid technologies for a reliable and efficient grid. 

Energy utilities worldwide are experimenting with new smart grid systems, adding a new layer of digital equipment onto their existing infrastructures to interconnect all assets. The inauguration of the Digital Substation Automation Competence Centre is a milestone for Alstom from a global perspective, and represents our commitment to pursuing R&D and deployment of smart grid technologies in India." said Patrick Plas, Senior Vice President for Grid Power Electronics & Automation of Alstom Grid. 

"As the market leader in transmission sector, Alstom T&D India has always been on the leading edge of technological innovation. Alstom has brought in advanced network management and substation automation technology to the Indian transmission domain. The opening of the Competence Centre will allow the further advancement of High, Extra High and Ultra High Voltage (HV, EHV, UHV) and Renewable Power concept thus enabling Alstom to maintain its leadership position in the transmission market." said Rathin Basu, Managing Director, Alstom T&D India. 

The Pallavaram site manufactures the complete range of electro-mechanical relays and MiCOM numerical relays and provides engineering support for conventional and digital control systems. Its offering also includes refurbishment, installation and commissioning as well as customer training. The Pallavaram facility has ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001certifications. It caters to India as well as many export markets including the Middle East, Europe and Americas. This facility has the capacity of 300,000+ IEDs and 3000+ SAS cubicles per year. 

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, 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 around 100 countries. It had sales of over 20 billion and booked close to 24 billion in orders in 2012/13. 

Alstom T&D India (globally known as Alstom Grid), is a market leader in the Indian power transmission sector. It has over 100 years of expertise in building the transmission infrastructure for the country. Alstom has a strong portfolio of products, solutions and services, comprising the entire range of transmission equipment up to Extra and Ultra High Voltages (765 kV and beyond) including air-insulated switchgear (AIS) and locally manufactured power transformers and gas-insulated switchgear (GIS). It also provides power electronics solutions (HVDC, FACTS) to create super highways and offers highly advanced power management Smart Grid solutions for transmission and distribution including renewable energies integration. With over 3,500 employees and eight world class manufacturing units, Alstom T&D India is future ready to support the rapidly evolving transmission sector in India. 

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