The usual place where Ternai and its suppliers meet is the Procurement Portal, the section of the institutional website through which it is possible to learn about tenders, participate in online tenders, and go through the qualification process for being included in the supply register.     

The Procurement and Contract Work Department also maintains direct contacts with suppliers to manage contractual relations and improve the Company’s knowledge of the specific problems of groups of suppliers. In this regard the Company periodically organizes meetings with the qualified companies or industry associations to inform them of new developments regarding requisites or concerns connected with the ethical conduct expected in relations with Terna.       

Terna presents and discusses its most important investment projects – as well as the related procurement plans – with the electro-mechanical companies in the electricity industry, many of which are members of Confindustria ANIE. In effect, the Company’s large program of works, with a significant increase of investment, will require an even greater effort by its suppliers, which are called on to transform themselves from simple contractors into veritable technological partners. The new challenge is entrusting entire works, in which the contractor will be involved right from the earliest stages of planning. Furthermore, when Terna presented the work to reorganize the power lines of Rome – with more than 300 million euro of investment to rationalize and develop the Capital’s electricity grid in an environment-friendly way – the Company hosted at its headquarters representatives of the Unione Industriali di Roma (Rome Industrialists’ Association) to begin a fruitful and constructive dialogue with them. Finally, Terna participates actively in the main occasions for meeting its suppliers, such as industry meetings, expos, and conferences (e.g. CIGRE, Powergrid).

In order to expand its portfolio of suppliers, Terna permanently engages in “procurement marketing” through market scouting, benchmarking, and monitoring the performance of suppliers, which entails constantly meeting with both Italian and foreign supplier firms.