Sep 19, 2023
As part of its grid reinforcement efforts amid the energy transition and overhaul of aging assets, Amprion GmbH, one of four transmission system operators (TSO) in Germany, has awarded GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business a contract for twelve 400 kV power transformers. The transformers will be manufactured at GE Vernova’s grid facility in Mönchengladbach in western Germany.
Totaling more than 5,000 MVA, these power transformers will make an important contribution to the supply of electricity to the 29 million people who live and work in the area covered by Amprion’s grid. Amprion’s extra-high voltage 11,000-kilometer-long grid extends from Lower Saxony to the Alps where about a third of Germany’s economic output is generated. Delivery of the power transformers is planned from 2025 to 2027.
“As utilities transition to renewable energy sources, electrical transmission grid operators continue to face increasing demand and complexity. Today’s transmission systems are expected to carry bulk power in ways they never originally were designed to accommodate,” said Philippe Piron, President and CEO of GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business. “We are proud to support Amprion, a long-time valued GE Vernova customer, to reinforce their 400 kV electrical grid. Our advanced power transformers will help them increase capacity and maintain stability on their network.”
Transformers are part of the backbone of electricity grids, regulating the flow of power from generation plants, where electricity is produced, through transmission and distribution power lines to be delivered to people’s homes and businesses. Replacing a transformer fleet installed in the 1970s with GE Vernova’s advanced transformers provides Amprion with updated grid technology that will help integrate even more renewables on to their network. The transformers will be installed at nine substations. Since 2003, the Dortmund-headquartered company has purchased GE Vernova’s transformers, switchgear, gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), mechanically switched capacitors with damping network (MSCDN), and services.
GE Vernova has more than 130 years of power transformer expertise. The company offers a wide variety of transformers from medium to ultra-high voltage (1200 kV AC and ±1100 kV DC) and from small (5 MVA) to very large power ratings (2750 MVA) with applications in generation, transmission and distribution. The offering includes conventional and special transformers such as phase-shifting, static var compensator (SVC), high voltage direct current (HVDC), arc furnace and reactors, as well as Ester oil power transformers. GE’s power transformers provide exceptional performance, quality and reliability with digitized protection and monitoring schemes, as well as advanced design and testing capabilities.