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Thales Canada signs a signalling contract

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Le Président-directeur général de Thales Canada, Paul Kahn, avec James Kilazoglou, chef de la direction de Thales à Hong-Kong©, et T. C. Chew, Directeur de projets de MTR Corporation.

Thales Canada has closed a deal to provide signalling equipment (CBTC system) to the Hong Kong Metro and the SCL East West Line. The CBTC system is an automatic rail traffic control system (train or metro) based on constant communication between the train and computers responsible for controlling traffic. The contract was signed with MTR, the company that operates Hong Kong’s light rail network, the “Airport Express”, and nine public transit lines. Thales will provide the CBTC technology from its centre of competence in Canada, while its local Hong Kong bureau will provide the client interface and will oversee the implementation of the system. The contract also includes an option to update the Ma On Shan (MOL) and West Rail Line (WRL) lines that Thales equipped in the past (2003¬–2004) with its SelTrac ® CBTC system for completely automatic operation.

Paul Kahn, President and CEO of Thales Canada, with James Kilazoglou, Country CEO of Thales in Hong Kong, and T.C. Chew, Projects Director with MTR Corporation.

Thales Canada employs 1,300 people in Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. In 2012, the value of orders handled by Thales in Canada exceeded $570 million CAD (rail solutions, civil aviation, defense, and security services and technologies).

Alstom signs a long-term service contract

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Turbine à gaz Alstom - GT24 (Photo : Alstom)

Alstom and TransAlta (Calgary Power) have signed two long-term service contracts for gas-fired power stations: one in Ontario (Sarnia Cogeneration Power Plant) and one in Alberta (Poplar Creek Cogeneration Power Plant). The two power plants operate Alstom GTN11N2 gas turbines. These contracts involve the replacement of parts, equipment refurbishment, maintenance, onsite personnel support, and an option to update gas turbines so as to improve performance, reduce maintenance costs, and require less frequent maintenance.

The execution of these projects (as Alstom has also signed a service contract with EquiPower in Connecticut) will be overseen jointly by Alstom teams in Richmond, Virginia; Jupiter, Florida; Calgary, Alberta; and Baden, Switzerland. “Every power plant is different, and these recent contracts underscore the importance of shaping our services to meet the individual needs of our customers. That starts with identifying operating challenges at each facility and determining how best to prepare them for future power generation market dynamics,” says Michael Rechsteiner, Senior Vice President of Alstom Thermal Services. These projects are proof of Alstom’s ongoing expansion into the Canadian and American markets. In 2013, Alstom made significant progress by obtaining different contracts with power plants in North America for service, support, and refurbishment with a total value of roughly $1.2 billion USD (900 billion Euros).

EDF EN Canada pursues projects in Quebec and in British Columbia

EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Énergies Nouvelles, received an ordinance from the government of Quebec authorizing the construction and operation of the 24.6 MW La Mitis Community Wind Project. Located in the MRC de La Mitis Lac-à-la-Croix territory, in the Lower St. Lawrence region, the La Mitis Community Wind Project will consist of 12 windmills constructed by REpower Systems SE. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014. Operation of the farm is expected to begin in the autumn of the same year. EDF EN Canada shares ownership of this project with Énergie Renouvelable de la Mitis, which has contributed 30% of financing. The project will pay a voluntary annual amount of $61,500 CAD to MRC de La Mitis over the 20-year operating period. Furthermore, a one-time contribution of $200,000 CAD will be made to a Community Development Fund as the wind farm begins operations.

Following a 2009 Hydro-Québec call for tenders focused on community projects, Hydro-Québec Distribution awarded two wind farm projects to EDF EN Canada in December 2010. By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have developed and built wind energy installations in Quebec capable of producing a total of 1,003.2 MW, representing a total investment of more than $2 billion CAD.

On October 24th, 2013, EDF EN Canada also signed a memorandum of understanding with the West Moberly First Nations regarding the development of three projects capable of producing 500MW of renewable energy in the Peace River area of British Columbia. The environmental aspects of two of these three projects are currently being evaluated by the province. The third received its environmental certification in 2006. EDF EN Canada emphasizes the importance of this memorandum of understanding, which will allow them to formalize their relationship with their First Nations partners, particularly regarding obligations and consultation, from the very beginning of the project.

Source : The French Trade Office at the French Embassy in Canada

Dernière modification : 13/11/2013

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