June 18, 2002 — ALSTOM has set up a new business to leverage its position in substation automation and real-time energy information systems, and to better focus on the growing market for digital equipment in energy networks.
Network operators and owners have been ‘digitalizing’ their infrastructures by installing energy information and automation equipment to better respond to the new needs created by deregulation of the energy industry.
ALSTOM’s move to create the new Energy Automation & Information business within the company’s Transmission and Distribution Sector (T&D) from two existing businesses – Protection & Control, and Energy Management & Markets – addresses the customer’s desire for fully integrated energy management networks.
This move brings together the Protection & Control range of relay protection, control and measurement systems and equipment with the Energy Management & Markets range of SCADA systems, energy management software, market management solutions, data communication products, and application services.
Substation automation, information and energy management systems are no longer working in isolation and providing information technology solutions to enable the equilibrium between energy supply and demand is key. The new ALSTOM business aims to offer customers such solutions by generating economies of scale and enabling the efficient, reliable and secure operation of energy infrastructure and markets for all levels of the worldwide energy transmission and distribution market.
The combined new business employs 4,000 people in 19 countries. It produces the world-leading e-terra( range of energy management and energy market software for energy networks along with MiCOM( substation automation equipment and related network protection and control. The new business will be managed by Laurent Demortier, formerly responsible for ALSTOM’s Energy Management & Markets Business.
“The technologies offered by the two existing businesses were increasingly overlapping. By bringing together all our energy automation and information expertise under one business, we can concentrate our resources on providing our customers with the complete digital network solution they want. We know that the supplier who can offer an integrated automation and information platform becomes the preferred supplier,” said Philippe Joubert, President of ALSTOM’s Transmission and Distribution Sector (T&D).
ALSTOM is a global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation and power transmission and distribution, and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine.
In fiscal year 2001/02, ALSTOM had annual sales in excess of ?23 billion and employed more than 118,000 people in over 70 countries. ALSTOM is listed on the Paris, London and New York stock exchanges.
ALSTOM’s Transmission and Distribution Sector (T&D), following the incorporation of the Power Conversion business, employs 33,000 people and is an active player around the globe. T&D designs, manufactures and supplies a complete range of equipment, systems and services for all stages in the transfer of electricity, from the generator to the end-user.