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Stronger long-term strategic partnership for investment sharing and access to Asian markets
Today, during the Business Forum Italia-Cina in Beijing, with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping in attendance, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Cassa depositi e prestiti Group (represented by Chief Executive Officer Fabio Gallia), its subsidiary company Ansaldo Energia (represented by Chairman Giuseppe Zampini) and leading Chinese mechanical equipment manufacturer Shanghai Electric Corp. (represented by Chairman Zheng Jianhua).
The agreement strengthens the long-term strategic partnership between Shanghai Electric and Ansaldo Energia (45% owned by Cassa depositi e prestiti Group and 40% by Shanghai Electric).
The Memorandum sets out an investment sharing plan for the introduction into the market of the new generation class H gas turbine. The operation, which follows on seamlessly from the agreements signed in 2014, will also give Ansaldo Energia full access to rapidly growing Asian markets that represent 50% of the global total.
The signing ceremony was also attended by CDP Equity CEO Guido Rivolta and Ansaldo Energia CEO Filippo Abba’.
Ansaldo Energia Group is a leading international player in the power generation industry, to which it brings an integrated model embracing turnkey plants, components (gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and microturbines), servicing and work in the nuclear energy sector. Cassa depositi e prestiti Group subsidiary CDP Equity became Ansaldo Energia’s main shareholder in 2013 and since then the Group has been working with the company on a major international development effort, the results of which include the agreement with Shanghai Electric and the acquisition of a significant share in excess of 33% of chinese market (2015). As long term majority shareholder, CDP Group has also supported the company during periods of technological growth, through investments in the nuclear sector and the strategic acquisition of former Alstom assets in the heavy duty gas turbine sector, confirming the strategic value of its shareholding in Ansaldo Energia and its intention of continuing to contribute to the Company’s development in the future too.
Shanghai Electric Corp. (SEC) is a leading Chinese manufacturer of mechanical equipment. Headquartered in Shanghai, SEC is split into four production divisions: power plants, high energy efficiency plants, industrial plants and integrated services. SEC, which is 57.99% owned by the Shanghai State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (Shanghai SASAC), is listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong Stock Exchange and has a market capitalisation of over EUR 5bn. In 2012, the company generated revenues in excess of EUR 9bn.