Alstom wins €92m transmission contract in Chile

18 June 2002 – A consortium led by Alstom has won a €92m turnkey series capacitor system (SCS) contract with Transelec, the main Chilean high-voltage transmission operator, to strengthen its transmission grid. Alstom’s share of this contract is €56m.

The consortium, which includes Japanese firm Mitsubishi Electric Company (MELCO), beat off competition from three other world-class competitors to supply a full turnkey solution to transmit electricity produced by the RALCO 570 MW hydro-power plant, currently under construction by Alstom on behalf of Endesa, within central Chile.

The scope of this project includes the construction of four 500 kV SCS, a new 500 kV/220kV substation at Charrua, the expansion of two 500 kV substations at Ancoa and Alto Jahuel, the supply of 1,500 MVA autotransformers, 500 kV reactors, a digital protection and control system and all related civil works, erection, testing and commissioning.

By using SCS technology, Transelec can increase the transfer capacity of its 500kV system, thereby avoiding the costly and time-consuming process of building new transmission lines. The whole infrastructure is expected to be in operation by mid-2004.

The contract -one of the most important Chilean transmission project in the last 10 years – follows on from another SCS contract, in Vietnam, won by Alstom in recent months, thus confirming the company’s strength in the field.

“This is a major achievement for Alstom in the growing market of SCS,” said Philippe Joubert, President of Alstom’s Transmission and Distribution Sector. “By improving the grid efficiency, this technology allows network operators to optimise their assets and offers a better service to the final customer without further disruption to the environment.”

Meanwhile, Alstom’s Transmission and Distribution division has reorganized its substation automation and real-time energy information systems businesses by creating the new Energy Automation & Information business. This combines the former Protection & Control and Energy management & markets areas in an attempt to address customer’s needs for fully integrated energy management networks.

The combined businesses employ 4000 people in 19 countries and produce the e-terra range of energy management and energy market networks along with MiCOM substation automation equipment and related network protection and control.

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).