GE gets $1.9bn contract for UK's Hinkley Point C nuclear plant
Steam Power Systems, part of GE Power, will supply two conventional power islands, which will deliver enough electricity to power approximately six million homes throughout the UK.
The power conventional island includes the ARABELLE steam turbine, generator, and other critical equipment. This technology came to GE through last year’s Alstom acquisition.
Less than a year after COP21, the UK has made a critical decision regarding its energy policy.
It has made this historic decision at a time when there is an even greater drive for low carbon energy technologies. Since 2010, 20% of the UK’s electricity generation capacity has been shut down and by 2030, a further 35% is expected to close, including all but one nuclear power station.
Nuclear provides dependable, CO2-free energy and, when complete, Hinkley Point C is expected deliver around 7% of the UK’s power generation capacity for 60 years.
Today, GE steam turbine technology operates in 50 percent of the world’s nuclear power plants with the ability to deliver more than 200 GW to the grid.
The ARABELLE is the largest turbine in operation for the past 10 years, produces 2% more power output than a traditional configuration and has a 99.96% reliability rate. Each turbine for Hinkley Point C has a gross generating capacity of 1,770 MW. ■