Paris, April 17, 2012 — Alstom plans to invest close to $16.4 million in expanding and further upgrading the technical capabilities of the company's Setubal, Portugal natural gas-fired turbine manufacturing facility. This expansion will create 130 direct and indirect jobs in the region.
Alstom's unit in Setubal is one of its two worldwide centers for the manufacture of heat recovery steam generators for gas-fired power plants, condensers and other pressure parts for conventional power plants.
The unit exports equipment globally, with a special focus on Alstom projects in Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa and the Western Coast of the U.S. The unit has been operational since 1976 and currently employs 360 people from Setubal and neighboring Portuguese regions.
Alstom is now diversifying its industrial activities in Setubal by expanding the scope of the workshop to manufacture condensers and moisture separator reheaters to be used in the conventional island of nuclear power plants.
The land at the site already offered scope for expansion and Setubal's direct access to the sea makes it an ideal manufacturing location for this equipment. Not only is the site capacity being increased but also the technical conditions of the factory are being enhanced to manufacture the new equipment. It is planned that the unit will manufacture this equipment from mid-2013 and it will be exported for Alstom's nuclear projects worldwide.
The building work will commence in May 2012 and is expected to take a year to complete. Once completed about 130 additional jobs will be created, 55 of which being new jobs at the Setubal factory.