New Electrix owner to unveil its infrastructure contracting strategy

French global company VINCI Energies will unveil its innovative approach to infrastructure contracting at a conference in Auckland next month following its acquisition of Australasian utility contractor Electrix from Aveng subsidiary McConnell Dowell in October last year.

VINCI Energies’ Regional Director Guillaume Garric says traditional four-year lighting infrastructure maintenance contracts are being surpassed by 18-20-year “turn-key” DBO (design-build-operate) and PPP (public-private partnership) contracts with performance guarantees that save energy, provide smart city solutions, offer local employment, and return assets to owners in better condition.

Mr Garric is one of 20 international speakers at Road Lighting 2015: Smart City Investment on 9-10 March at Auckland’s Langham Hotel.

The conference was launched for the first time last year by specialist management consultants, Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd, to examine the advantages of new road lighting technologies, including LED, and to assist road controlling authorities in Australia and New Zealand to find the best lighting infrastructure solutions.

VINCI Energies, a global player in the energy, transport and telecommunications sectors, operates in about 50 countries through 1500 subsidiaries.

In France, its Citeos brand manages long-term “turn-key” contracts for 115 cities including 19 PPPs. These contracts include a 200,000 lighting infrastructure DBO for Paris, and France’s largest-ever PPP – a €200m project to renew the lighting infrastructure and provide 47% energy savings for Cergy-Pontoise, an urban area 20km from Paris.

Citeos undertakes performance-based contracts, backed by financial penalties, which guarantee maximum response and repair times, minimum energy savings, and an average infrastructure age that requires re-investment throughout the life of the contract. In France there are even contractual requirements for local employment and environmental protection.

“We aim to provide a service that will encourage clients to renew at least 50% of our contracts, and currently 75% of our contracts are rolling over – including our long-term turn-key operations,” says Mr Garric.

He says Electrix and VINCI Energies are well-aligned with a strong commitment to customer service. The French multinational’s decentralised model means Electrix will continue to operate as an autonomous Australasian brand.

Electrix has been in business in New Zealand since 1955 and commenced operations in Australia in 1997. It has major lighting contracts in place throughout Australasia including long-term contracts in Auckland and Tauranga, New Zealand, and in Victoria, Australia. Just last month it established a milestone of more than 20 years continuous service for Councils in the Melbourne area when it won a tender to continue to undertake public lighting maintenance in the entire CitiPower network area and parts of the Powercor network area in Victoria.

Electrix has also completed major projects in countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

 

For further information please contact:

Electrix Ltd: Michael Burns, tel +64 9 2701 739, mob +64 21 843 538, [email protected]

Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd: Crystal Beavis, tel +64 (0)7 859 0060, mob +64 (0)275 957 927

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