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Alstom to build converter stations for France-Italy link

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Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €300 million by TERNA Rete Italia, a company fully owned by TERNA, the Italian electricity transmission system operator, and Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE), its French counterpart.

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Alstom will build two High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter stations for the transmission link between France and Italy.

Alstom will design, manufacture and commission two converter stations (2x600 MW, +/- 320 kV) containing Alstom’s VSC MaxSineTM Voltage Source Converter technology.

Alternating Current (AC) will be converted from each country’s electrical network into Direct Current (DC) for transmission and vice versa. Key equipment will be manufactured in Alstom’s facilities in the UK, Germany, France and Italy and the contract also includes maintenance for the converter station in France.

“Alstom is pleased to be working with TERNA and RTE on this project. Alstom’s VSC technology is both compact and versatile. As such, it will optimise the existing infrastructure, and preserve the Alps fragile eco system”, said Patrick Plas, senior vice president of Power Electronics and Automation, Alstom Grid.

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