GE secures contract for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station

18 September 2016 (Last Updated September 18th, 2016 18:30)

GE has secured approval for its $1.9bn contract for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

GE has secured approval for its $1.9bn contract for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

Steam Power Systems will supply two conventional power islands, which will include the ARABELLE steam turbine generator and other critical equipment. The facilities will provide sufficient energy for approximately six million homes throughout the UK.

GE's power president and CEO Steve Bolze said: “With the acquisition of Alstom Power & Grid, we are now able to offer a broader portfolio of technology solutions, which provide reliable and efficient power for our customers.

“We are pleased to be working with EDF Energy on Hinkley Point C to help deliver on the UK Government’s vision for energy security and economic development. We look forward to continuing to work with EDF to provide power to millions of homes across the region.”

"The Arabelle turbine represents six decades of nuclear steam turbine expertise and it’s the most powerful turbine in the world by output."

The UK Government is making critical decisions regarding its energy policies after COP21. It has made this decision at a time when there is an even greater drive for low-carbon energy technologies.

GE's steam power systems president and CEO Andreas Lusch said: “Producing power that meets today’s greenhouse gas emission standards is a top priority.

“The Arabelle turbine represents six decades of nuclear steam turbine expertise and it’s the most powerful turbine in the world by output. We are pleased to continue to work with EDF Energy to deliver clean, reliable power that will bolster the UK’s energy infrastructure.”

Since 2010, 20% of the UK’s nuclear electricity generation capacity has been shut down and by 2030, a further 35% is expected to close. Hinkley Point C will deliver around 7% of the UK’s power generation capacity for 60 years.