GE employs new tech in WDEPC Abu Qir project to help meet growing energy demand

by Dec 7, 2020

GE’s Grid Solutions has energized a project with Egypt’s West Delta Electricity Production Company (WDEPC). Employing for the first time the company’s advanced vertical circuit breaker, GE has executed the extension of the Abu Qir Thermal Power plant, connecting it to the existing 245 kV Abu Qir gas-insulated substation (also supplied by GE). The project has helped to meet growing energy demand in Egypt.

In addition, most traditional solutions would have required the build of an outdoor extension, increasing both the cost and time needed to complete the project. Instead, for the first time worldwide, GE’s Grid Services team were able to install a newly developed vertical circuit breaker technology that would fit the existing space, eliminating the need for the extension.

The advanced vertical circuit breaker technology uses a pure spring mechanism that is more efficient and less costly than other circuit breaker technologies. Additionally, it can be employed in facilities with limited space due to its vertical orientation. GE claims that employing this technology can bring an additional 20 years of utilization to a substation.

Following the completion of the WDEPC project, GE’s Grid Services has signed contracts for this new vertical circuit breaker technology in France, Germany, and Canada. Link to the news: