Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, and provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, gas and coal. The Group employs 100,000 people in 80 countries, and had orders of over €20 billion in 2011.
Alstom can trace its origins back to many of Europe’s best known engineering companies. Companies such as ASEA, Brown Boveri, English Electric, GEC, CEM and ABB have combined to form the Alstom of today.
Alstom’s current activities in Ireland are in the transport and power generation businesses. Though only registered in Ireland as a limited company in 2002, Alstom has had a long association with the country stretching back to the forties with the supply of hydro power plants to ESB. In the eighties Alstom supplied the first Dart trains to CIE.
Today, in Transport, Alstom is the supplier of the Citidas fleet trams that have become the symbol of the Dublin’s Luas system and perhaps of the city itself. Alstom has recently delivered 26 additional trams to cater for the extensions of the network to Cherrywood, the Point Depot and Citywest, giving a total of 66 trams in service on the Luas network in Dublin. Alstom also provides all the services required to maintain both the Luas trams and the tramway infrastructure.
In Power Generation, Alstom has long been a major supplier to the industry here and in 2010 completed the construction and commissioning of one of Ireland’s cleanest and most efficient gas fired combined cycle power plant in Aghada, Co. Cork.
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