6 May 2013 – Two well-known companies in southern Africa’s electricity transmission sector have signed a three year cooperation agreement, this representing the renewal of an existing agreement. Actom, the largest electrical engineering group in southern Africa, and Alstom Grid, which supplies products for smart and conventional power grids, signed the transmission technologies cooperation agreement in Johannesburg during April 2013.
The agreement, effective until April 2015, was signed by Jack Rowan, chairman of transmission and distribution at Actom, and Eric Boulot, Alstom Grid’s commercial vice-president for southern Europe and Africa.
The agreement encompasses:
- A technology agreement that gives Actom access to Alstom Grid’s 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 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.