News | September 19, 2023

GE Vernova Awarded Bulk Order By Amprion For Power Interconnection Transformers To Reinforce Electrical Grid In Germany

  • To help meet complex grid needs due to the energy transition, German transmission system operator Amprion GmbH has ordered 400 kV transformers from GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business
  • They will help contribute to the supply of electricity to 29 million people covered by Amprion’s grid
  • GE Vernova is committed to continuing to provide leading technological solutions to address the ever-evolving challenges faced by grid operators

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.

Source: GE Vernova