Network companies Enexis and Alliander have signed a sale and purchase agreement for the exchange of regional networks. This exchange concerns the energy networks of Enexis in Friesland and Noordoostpolder and that of Alliander in the Eindhoven and Southeast Brabant region (Endinet) as of 1 January 2016.
After due diligence and consultation with employee representatives, the transaction was put to the shareholders of both companies. The Enexis shareholder committee concluded on 18 June that the exchange is in line with the company's strategic plan. The shareholders of Alliander agreed to the exchange on 1 July. The agreement was subsequently signed by Peter Molengraaf, CEO Alliander and Maarten Blacquière, CFO Enexis.
Placing the electricity and gas networks in these areas under the same roof creates a situation that is clear for customers and enables greater operational efficiency. A further advantage is that the networks involved in the exchange make an excellent fit with the distribution networks of both parties. The deal sees Enexis transferring 51,000 electricity and 196,000 gas connections in the province of Friesland and 28,000 electricity and 27,000 gas connections in the Noordoostpolder area. Alliander, for its part, will transfer the Endinet region, comprising 108,000 electricity and 398,000 gas connections. The move is consistent with the government's policy to organise the network operators' activities based on provincial boundaries.
The trade unions have yet to be consulted on the transition protocol. Customers living in the regions involved in the exchange will be informed of the consequences for them at a later date.
Enexis is the regional network operator in the north, east and south of the Netherlands. The company is tasked with the development and construction of energy distribution networks (gas and electricity) and the maintenance and management of these networks. Acting as the link between the customer and the energy supplier, Enexis is responsible for the supply of energy to more than 2.7 million customers. Enexis has 4,300 employees.
Network company Alliander is active in the energy sector , employs approximately 7,000 staff and comprises the Liander, Endinet and Liandon companies. Network operators Liander and Endinet distribute electricity to 3.1 million customers and gas to 2.6 million customers in an area covering over a third of the Netherlands. Liander and Endinet are responsible for maintenance, expansion and innovation of their networks in the provinces of Gelderland, Noord-Holland and parts of Zuid-Holland, Friesland, Flevoland and Noord-Brabant. Liandon provides services relating to the construction and maintenance of complex energy infrastructures.