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Alstom Grid has been awarded a contract worth 38 million from National Grid SA, in Saudi Arabia, to provide its Network Management Solutions (NMS) for the National Control Centre (NCC) in Northwest Riyadh. This will create the first ever energy market management system in the Middle East and will ultimately bring about an electricity wholesale market between various stakeholders. The first phase is scheduled for delivery 2015. 

Alstom Grids technology will provide National Grid with a consolidated view to manage the complete Saudi extra high voltage transmission network. The new Energy Management System (EMS) will interconnect the existing four regional control centres previously delivered by Alstom and will provide interconnection with Gulf countries through GCCIA the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority- also running an Alstom-supplied energy management system. 

"We are proud to be selected by National Grid SA to contribute to further improve Saudi Arabias electricity grid landscape. Alstom Grids technology now controls more than 60% of energy flow in the region and this contract underscores Alstom's leading position delivering proven technology for the most reliable smart solutions in mission-critical electricity control rooms," said Karim El-Naggar, Vice President for Alstom Grids Network Management Solutions. 

In addition to the development and delivery of an energy management system, Alstom will provide an electricity market management system and telecommunications system, including an extended dedicated high capacity telecommunication infrastructure  over optical fibre, so that  information can be exchanged across national and regional control centres.  Training and support services will also be provided. 

In addition to the four regional control centres already in operation in Saudi, Alstom is currently delivering two distribution management systems in Taif and Madina. 

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 Grid has one clear vision: to develop innovative solutions for a flexible, reliable, affordable and sustainable electrical grid, everywhere. We design, manufacture, install and service the power transmission and distribution products and systems that empower the planets low carbon economy... for now and for the future.

Alstom Grid has over 130 years experience and ranks among the top three in the electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of more than 4 billion. Alstom Grids 19,000 employees are spread across 88 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide and have one common mission: be our customers trusted partner, from the source to the city.

We are energising a smarter world with Alstom.


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