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Alstom’s RI unit to focus on domestic market

French industrial giant Alstom SA says it aims to shift the focus of its energy unit in Indonesia to serve the domestic market, and is seeking to expand its local factory by investing up to US$20 million.

Senior vice president and head of steam and nuclear business at Alstom Andreas Lusch said on Tuesday that the Indonesian government’s plan to develop 35,000 megawatt power plants across the country would offer enormous opportunities.

“We’re looking for coal-fired and gas-fired [power plant] projects. Coal projects are usually the biggest, as we specialize in high tech, ultra-supercritical and very high capacity power plants,” he told reporters after meeting Industry Minister Saleh Husin at the latter’s office.

At present Alstom runs a factory in Surabaya, East Java, which makes boilers and heat recovery steam generators. However, the boilers manufactured from the facility have been primarily sold overseas, including to Europe and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, such as Thailand.