Alstom Grid and Soyuz Holding have signed a joint-venture agreement to manufacture and commercialize high-voltage switchgear as part of ongoing efforts to modernize the Russian electrical grid. The joint venture will be owned 51% by Alstom Grid and 49% by Soyuz Holding and will be part of Alstom’s worldwide industrial organization.

It is a milestone for Alstom Grid to address the Russian market, with its increasingly localized production of equipment for electricity transmission. The agreement includes the continued manufacture of 110-kV to 220-kV circuit breakers and an extension of the range up to 500 kV. It also foresees the introduction of a wider range of products, including disconnectors and gas-insulated substations, which will be produced at Soyuz’s high-voltage switchgear factory at Mozhaisk, near Moscow.

This range of products, designed to cope with severe climate conditions, will contribute to the major upgrade undertaken by Russia of its electricity transmission and distribution system, spanning 2.1 million km (1.3 million miles) across the country. Russia is one of the largest producers and consumers of electric power in the world. In 2012, the total volume of electricity transmitted by the network, including the lines from
0.4 kV to 750 kV, was over 1 trillion kWh. The Russian grid market represents 1.5 billion euros with an annual average growth of 10% due to the country’s increasing demand for electricity capacity and its need to upgrade existing equipment.

Alstom Grid brings its high-voltage technology, project management expertise and manufacturing know-how to provide Russian customers with reliable products for a sustainable grid. Soyuz Holding will bring its outstanding knowledge of the Russian market and sound experience as a leader of engineering, procurement and construction management market.

By inviting a large foreign manufacturer of high-voltage equipment, Soyuz Holding expects to localize the production of the entire range of switchgears for the networks between 110/500 kV, which will increase the sustainable operation of the largest transmission and distribution grids of Federal Grid and Holding MRSK, as well as those of large industrial plants.

Production at the Soyuz factory is underway for 110-kV and 245-kV circuit breakers. In 2013, the portfolio will be extended to supply up to 500-kV circuit breakers, an entire range of disconnectors and gas insulated substations.

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