HVDC Center of Excellence awarded to Canadian CG Power Systems facility
Cutting the ribbon on the renovated
Engineering Design CentreDuring a visit to the CG Power Systems Canada, Laurent Demortier, CEO and Managing Director of Crompton Greaves, designated the Winnipeg facility as the company’s High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Center of Excellence for their worldwide operations. As part of the celebrations, Demortier (See picture left) performed a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Winnipeg facilities newly renovated Engineering Office and home of their new HVDC Solutions Team. Joining Demortier, 2nd left are (r-l) Ian Harrison, General Manager CG Power Systems Canada, Dileep Patil, CEO CG Power Systems and Marc Schillebeeckx, President, CG Power Systems Americas
CG Power Systems Canada has a long history of supplying HVDC convertor transformers to the North American transmission, distribution and generation system. CG convertor transformers have provided many years of reliable service for Manitoba Hydro in convertor stations on the Bipole I and II transmission lines. The company has built approximately 90 HVDC transformers over the past 40 years and has units installed in Manitoba, Quebec, California and Texas. CG Power Systems Hungary is already working on Extra High Voltage (EHV) transformers, delivering transformers in the 765kV class and CG Power Systems India (Bhopal) has delivered 765 and 1200 kV transformers to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.
500kV Transformer under Test at the Winnipeg Facility The development of the HVDC convertors at the Winnipeg plant is part of a corporate decision to provide HVDC solutions from its Canadian Operations. The addition of the HVDC Center of Excellence in Canada and the investment in human resources and capital equipment upgrades is further evidence of the company’s commitment to the high voltage industry. The establishment of an HVDC Design Team and project management group has been completed and the first R&D project for the design of a highly efficient GREEN HVDC transformer is now under way. HVDC production in Winnipeg will protect the 330 highly skilled jobs in place at the moment and will fuel future growth of both salaried and unionized employment. With an anticipated reduction of 30% in Load Losses over previous technology, customers can expect to see a $2.5 million savings over previous technology during a 20 year period. Transformers of this type are expected to be in service for 30 – 40 years.