French multinational conglomerate Alstom has opened its first Smart Grid Center in the Middle East in Dubai which will enable electricity suppliers across Mena region to deploy smart solutions and improve services to customers.
It’s the third centre of its kind by Alstom in the world. The French giant is operating two similar smart grid centres in the US and France.
The centre’s inauguration was attended by Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa); France Ambassador in the UAE Michel Miraillet; Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, Alstom Grid President; and Saeed Al Mazrouei, CEO of Emirates Aluminium (Emal).
Grégoire Poux-Guillaume said: “The inauguration of Alstom Smart Grid Centre in Dubai is a cornerstone of the group’s commitment to the development of the Smart Grid in the UAE and Middle East.
“As Smart Grid technologies are integrated to existing infrastructure, customers in the region will benefit from the centre’s close link to Alstom’s state-of-the-art Smart Grid Centres in France and USA, using tools and processes with the latest technologies and ongoing support from Alstom experts worldwide – in real time,” Grégoire Poux-Guillaume said.
The Middle East region faces increasing demand for electricity, grid reliability, stability and lower environmental impact, and the introduction of digital equipment and software applications into existing infrastructures will help power generation and electrical utilities to interconnect existing assets and optimize network control, making the most of energy available and ultimately working towards a smarter grid with a lower carbon footprint.
Alstom has been awarded projects in all the Mena countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Pakistan and Yemen. It’s currently working on major projects in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
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