ACTOM and Alstom Agreement


actom-alstom-agreement-lrgACTOM and Alstom sign transmission technologies cooperation agreement

ACTOM, the largest electrical engineering group in Southern Africa, and Alstom Grid, world-leading provider of engineered solutions and products for smart and conventional power grids, signed a three-year transmission technologies cooperation agreement in Johannesburg on April 23.

The agreement, effective until April 2015, was signed by Jack Rowan, Chairman of Transmission & Distribution at ACTOM, and Eric Boulot, Alstom Grid’s Commercial Vice-President for Southern Europe and Africa.

Said Rowan: “The agreement represents the continuation of a longstanding mutually beneficial cooperative association between the two groups. ACTOM’s focus has always been on maximising local content and we manufacture a number of products under licence to our international partners wherever this proves practicable, in addition to developing and manufacturing products of our own.”

Boulot stated: “Alstom and ACTOM are partners in a number of activities such as signalling, boiler services and Metro coaches in the region and this agreement will reinforce the partnership and cooperation between the two groups. The renewal of the agreement has been a perfect time to review our operations together and to energise our approach to the market. We share a clear ambition to be at customers’ side when they engage in challenging programmes such as implementing smart grid solutions to manage newly installed renewable power generation and to manage the transmission network more efficiently.”

The agreement encompasses:

• A technology agreement that gives ACTOM access to Alstom Grid’s world-class transmission technologies, equipment and systems.
• A manufacturing agreement enabling ACTOM to manufacture specific Alstom Grid products, sub-assemblies and components under licence.
• A representation agreement giving ACTOM exclusive representation rights to promote, sell and support Alstom Grid products in the Southern African region.

The agreement extends an existing partnership that spans nearly half a century and formalises an interim arrangement between the two parties that has been in effect since Areva, the international nuclear power specialist company and ACTOM’s former international principal and technology partner for transmission and distribution technology and equipment, sold its global transmission interests to Alstom Grid and distribution interests to Schneider Electric in 2010.

The ACTOM/Alstom Grid agreement is backdated to mid-2012, when the former agreement expired. The equivalent technology and representation agreement for distribution equipment and systems between ACTOM and Schneider Electric was finalised in September 2012.

The ACTOM business units that benefit directly from Alstom Grid’s state-of-the-art technologies and in turn represent it and its products in the local market are ACTOM High Voltage Equipment, ACTOM Power Transformers, ACTOM Protection & Control and ACTOM Power Systems.

“ACTOM High Voltage Equipment, for instance, offers a mix of locally developed and manufactured products along with Alstom Grid products manufactured under licence as well as fully imported products. The company in partnership with Alstom Grid currently holds substantial Eskom frame contracts for high voltage circuit breakers and isolators and has previously also secured frame contracts for instrument transformers,” Rowan commented.

“ACTOM Protection & Control frequently works in close co-operation with Alstom Grid in providing some of the most sophisticated solutions available worldwide, such as the transmission energy management system for Eskom’s National Control Centre and the Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS) solution for Eskom.”

ACTOM also provides a range of support services for the large installed base of products Alstom has supplied into the Southern African market over many years.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, solution provider, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment in Africa, employing about 7 500 people with an annual order intake in excess of R7.5bn. It is a black empowered company with 42 operating units, 43 production, service and repair facilities, and 36 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.

ACTOM holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.

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 92 000 people around 100 countries. It has sales of €20-billion and booked close to €22-billion in orders in 2011/12.

Alstom Grid has 130 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to its customers’ projects. Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of more than €4-billion in 2011. It has 19 000 employees and around 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.

For further information contact Jack Rowan, ACTOM (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 13024, Knights 1413
Tel (011) 820-5222 Fax (011) 820-5220
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657

For further information contact Kobie Hyman, Alstom S&E Africa
Country Club Estates, 21 Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg 2191
Tel (011) 518-8217, Cell 072-643-3431

Date:  April 29, 2013

Caption:  Eric Boulot (left) of Alstom Grid and Jack Rowan of ALSTOM T&D shake hands after signing the final agreement formalising the partnership between the two groups. Looking on are ACTOM’s Group CEO and Chairman Mark Wilson and Group Executive Director Andries Tshabalala.