Alpiq

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Alpiq
Private company
Industry Electric utility
Founded 2009
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
Key people
Giovanni Leonardi, CEO
Products energy production, energy trading, renewable energy
Revenue Increase CHF 14.82 billion (2009)
Number of employees
10,795 (2009)
Website www.alpiq.com

Alpiq is an electric power production and distribution utility with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. It operates mainly in Switzerland, but it also has power stations in Italy, France, Norway, Hungary and the Czech Republic and building new ones in Germany, Italy, France, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.[1] The group was established in 2009 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland after the merger of two Swiss energy companies Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel) and Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS).[2]

History[edit]

Alpiq was founded in 2009 as a result of the merger of Swiss energy companies Atel and EOS. Atel (Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity) was founded in 1894 and was active in Europe in the production, trading and sale of electricity.[2] EOS (Energie Ouest Suisse) was founded in 1919 by several electricity companies based in Western Switzerland. The company was specialised in producing electric power from hydroelectric sources and owned many stations in the country. It also had a 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) energy distribution network in the same area.[2]

Group companies[edit]

The Alpiq Group comprises the following companies:[3]

Switzerland[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

Greece[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Italy[edit]

Norway[edit]

Poland[edit]

Romania[edit]

Spain[edit]

Activity[edit]

Alpiq is specialised in the production, distribution and trading of electric power. The company owns around 6,322 MW in hydroelectric, thermal, wind and solar power stations.[4] Alpiq has stakes in 2,963 MW of hydroelectric power stations, 3,250 MW of thermal power stations and 109 MW in small hydroelectric power stations, wind farms and solar power stations.[4]

Hydroelectric power stations[edit]

The company partially or fully owns around 2,963 MW of hydroelectric power station in Switzerland and Italy. The largest hydroelectric power station fully owned by Alpiq is the Lucendro hydroelectric power station located in Switzerland that has an installed capacity of 60 MW. The company also owns a 60% stake in the Grande Dixence SA, company that manages the Grande Dixence Dam.[5]

Rank Name Type Country Capacity (MW) Annual production
(million kWh)
Stake (%) Note
1 Flumenthal run-of-river Switzerland 23.7 146 100 [6]
2 Gösgen run-of-river Switzerland 51.3 300 100 [7]
3 Klingnau run-of-river Switzerland 37 230 10 [8]
4 Ruppoldingen run-of-river Switzerland 21.1 115 100 [9]
5 Ryburg-Schwörstadt run-of-river Switzerland 110 760 25 [10]
6 Blenio conventional Switzerland 400 890 17 [11]
7 Chandoline conventional Switzerland 120 320 10.9 [12]
8 Cleuson-Dixence conventional Switzerland 1,269  ? 32 [13]
8 Emosson conventional Switzerland 360 840 50 [14]
9 Engadine conventional Switzerland 414 1,330 22 [15]
10 Conches conventional Switzerland 119 280 41 [16]
11 Fully conventional Switzerland 6 12 28 [17]
12 Martigny-Bourg conventional Switzerland 21 90 18 [18]
13 Gd-St-Bernard conventional Switzerland 40 96 25 [19]
14 Hongrin-Léman conventional Switzerland 240 530 39.3 [20]
15 Gougra conventional Switzerland 159 575 65 [21]
16 Grande Dixence conventional Switzerland 680 2,000 60 [22]
17 Hinterrhein conventional Switzerland 741 1,460 9.3 [23]
18 Lucendro conventional Switzerland 60 104 100 [24]
19 Maggia conventional Switzerland 626 1,475 12.5 [25]
20 Massa conventional Switzerland 340 545 34.5 [26]
21 Mese conventional Italy 377 1,128 20 [27]
22 Salanfe conventional Switzerland 60 120 100 [28]
23 Simplon conventional Switzerland 62 240 80 [29]
24 Tusciano conventional Italy 96 313 20 [30]
25 Udine conventional Italy 309 1,161 20 [31]
26 Zervreila conventional Switzerland 268 560 30 [32]

Thermal power stations[edit]

The company partially or fully owns around 3,250 MW of thermal power stations in Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic. The largest thermal power station fully owned by Alpiq is the Plana del Vent thermal power station located in Spain that has an installed capacity of 800 MW.

Rank Name Type Country Capacity (MW) Annual production
(million kWh)
Stake (%) Note
1 Brindisi fossil fuel Italy 640 1,528 20 [33]
2 Kladno District fossil fuel Czech Republic 388 1,500 100 [34]
3 San Filippo del Mela fossil fuel Italy 1,280 4,009 20 [35]
4 Zlín fossil fuel Czech Republic 66 176 100 [36]
5 Biella combined cycle Italy 20 180 60 [37]
6 Chivasso combined cycle Italy 1,140 3,001 20 [38]
7 Csepel combined cycle Hungary 403 2,130 100 [39]
8 Kladno II combined cycle Czech Republic 45  ? 100 [40]
9 Monthey combined cycle Switzerland 55 456 100 [41]
10 Novel combined cycle Italy 100 597 51 [42]
11 Piacenza combined cycle Italy 860 2,593 20 [43]
12 Plana del Vent combined cycle Spain 800  ? 100 [44]
13 Sermide combined cycle Italy 1,140 2,667 20 [45]
14 Spreetal combined cycle Germany 56  ? 100 [46]
15 Turbigo combined cycle Italy 1,740 2,466 20 [47]
16 Vercelli combined cycle Italy 50 116 95 [48]
17 Gösgen nuclear power Switzerland 970 7,964 40 [49]
18 Leibstadt nuclear power Switzerland 1,165 9,385 32.4 [50]

Other power stations[edit]

Alpiq partially or fully owns around 109 MW of small hydropower stations, wind farms and solar power stations in Switzerland, Italy, Norway and Bulgaria. The company owns stakes in 11 small hydropower stations in Switzerland, Italy and Norway with a combined electric power generation capacity of 20.63 MW and an annual power generation of 72.17 GWh.[51] The company owns stakes in five wind farms located in Switzerland and Italy with a combined electric power generation capacity of 178 MW and an annual power generation of 346 GWh.[52] Alpiq is also involved in the construction of another two wind farms in Italy and Bulgaria with a combined capacity of 90 MW.[53][54]

The company is also involved in the construction of the Narbone Serre solar park located near Agrigento in Sicily, Italy. The power station will use thin-film solar cells. The solar cells will have a combined capacity of 14 MW. The first section of the solar farm will go operational in 2010, generating 6.5 MW. The second section rated at 7.5 MW is still at the approvals phase.[55]

Electricity trading[edit]

Alpiq has trading branches in 16 countries in Europe. In 2008 the company bought two leading Romanian electricity trading companies Buzmann Industries and Ehol Distribution, both companies based in Bucharest.[56] In 2010 Alpiq became the largest open market electric power trader in Romania surpassing Alro Slatina and having a 16% market share.[57]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where we operate". Alpiq. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pooling traditional strengths". Alpiq. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  3. ^ "A Strong Partner". Alpiq Group. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Power generation MW". Alpiq. Archived from the original on 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  5. ^ "The company: Partners". grande-dixence.ch. 2010. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Flumenthal run-of-river power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Gösgen run-of-river power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Klingnau run-of-river power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Ruppoldingen run-of-river power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Ryburg-Schwörstadt run-of-river power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Blenio storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Chandoline storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  13. ^ "Cleuson-Dixence storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  14. ^ "Emosson storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  15. ^ "Engadine storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  16. ^ "Conches storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  17. ^ "Fully storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  18. ^ "Martigny-Bourg storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  19. ^ "Gd-St-Bernard storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  20. ^ "Hongrin-Léman storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  21. ^ "Gougra storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  22. ^ "Grande Dixence storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  23. ^ "Hinterrhein storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  24. ^ "Lucendro storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  25. ^ "Maggia storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  26. ^ "Massa storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  27. ^ "Mese storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  28. ^ "Salanfe storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  29. ^ "Simplon storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  30. ^ "Tusciano storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  31. ^ "Udine storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  32. ^ "Zervreila storage power stations". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  33. ^ "Brindisi thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  34. ^ "Kladno thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  35. ^ "San Filippo del Mela thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  36. ^ "Zlín thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  37. ^ "Biella thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  38. ^ "Chivasso thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  39. ^ "Csepel thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  40. ^ "Kladno II thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  41. ^ "Monthey thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  42. ^ "Novel thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  43. ^ "Piacenza thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  44. ^ "Plana del Vent thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  45. ^ "Sermide thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  46. ^ "Spreetal thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  47. ^ "Turbigo thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  48. ^ "Vercelli thermal power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  49. ^ "Gösgen nuclear power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  50. ^ "Leibstadt nuclear power station". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  51. ^ "Small Hydropower Plants". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  52. ^ "Wind Power Plants". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  53. ^ "Enpower 3 wind farm". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  54. ^ "Kazanlak wind farm". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  55. ^ "Solar farm Narbone Serre". Alpiq. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  56. ^ "Alpiq RomIndustries S.R.L.". Alpiq. 2010. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  57. ^ "Rocada in topul comertului cu electricitate: Alpiq ia locul Alro". Financiarul. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 

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