Paris, March 31, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Alstom Power SA to provide communications for the Gas Natural Group’s combined cycle power plant in Cartagena, Spain. The project is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2005. It will help to increase employee safety and efficiency, while optimizing plant processes.
Alcatel is providing a turnkey solution, including design, equipment procurement, installation, integration and commissioning of the whole plant’s communications solution.
The solution includes an Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise communications platform with a DECT-based Alcatel radio solution for enhanced staff mobility. It also includes Alcatel OmniSwitch data equipment and a fiber-optic network, public address equipment, power system, and associated cabling.
“This project gives us the opportunity to service the booming energy sector in Spain. Our vast experience in managing critical turnkey integration projects in full compliance with the demanding standards of energy industries, positions Alcatel as a valuable supplier on this project,” says Frederic Rose, President of Alcatel’s integration and services activities. “We are especially glad to participate in the development of environmentally friendly energy plants like this one.”
About Gas Natural Group
Gas Natural Group is an energy services multinational focusing its activity on the supply, distribution and commercialization of natural gas in Spain, Latin America and Italy, where it has more than 9.5 million customers. In 2004, net turnover of the Gas Natural Group totaled €6,266 million.
Alstom is a global leader in power generation and rail transport infrastructure. The company serves the energy market through its activities in the field of power generation, and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine. Alstom’s annual sales are approximately €14 billion. It employs 71,000 people in more than 70 countries worldwide.
About Alcatel’s Integration and Services activities
Alcatel offers a comprehensive portfolio of services to industries and public sectors (energy, transport, public sectors, defense and security) as well as to all telecom carriers (fixed and mobile). For industries and public sectors, Alcatel offers integrated and reliable communications solutions through a range of services, including network design, procurement, integration, deployment, security and maintenance. Alcatel’s integrated solutions cover both multi-vendor and multi-technology communication networks and are customized to the specific needs of the customer. Alcatel brings to industry and public sectors global reach, telecom expertise and significant experience in integrating and deploying large-scale projects throughout the world.
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
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