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South Korea’s Electric Grid Using Latest HVDC Technology

GE and KAPES Awarded Contract to Power South Korea’s Electric Grid Using Latest HVDC Technology

Paris, FRANCE July 14, 2022 – GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business (NYSE: GE) and KAPES, a KEPCO-GE joint venture, has been awarded a contract in excess of USD $100 million by Korea Electric Power Corporation’s (KEPCO) to deliver a 500 MW Back-to-Back Voltage Sourced Converter (VSC) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link in Incheon, South Korea.

The Shin-bupyeong  is the first project in South Korea by the GE and KAPES consortium using VSC, the newest HVDC technology, which connects AC systems and features highly specialized power electronics, allowing for enhanced operational capability, greater power and frequency control compared with Line Commutated Converter (LLC) technology.  VSC also has a smaller overall footprint, resulting in a lower environmental impact.

“Shin-bupyeong project is our fifth VSC project in the world, demonstrating that our technology is now well established, and that we have the ability to commercially deliver on this latest and most advanced HVDC technology,” said Johan Bindele, GE Grid Solutions’ Grid Integration Leader. “GE and KEPCO continue to reinforce the value of the KAPES joint venture. Prior to this contract award, GE signed to deliver more than 7.5 GW of power through multiple HVDC projects in South Korea, including 7 GW with KAPES. The investment that has been made to transfer knowledge and localize GE’s HVDC technology continues to be a win-win for both partners. GE is proud to be able to contribute to South Korea’s growing energy economy in this way.”

South Korea has experienced a nearly 35% growth in energy consumption within the last decade and continues to be one of the biggest energy consumers in the world. The Shin-bupyeong project in Incheon – the nation’s third most populous city – will be crucial in providing rapid active power flow controls and compensation of reactive power to relieve any overload and overvoltage conditions in the congested area.

As part of this turnkey project, GE Grid Solutions, together with KAPES, will deliver the complete engineering design, as well as oversee procurement, manufacturing and delivery of the equipment, and installation and commissioning of the VSC HVDC system. The core equipment will be manufactured at GE’s sites in UK, France, Italy, and Brazil.  Installation is expected to start in 2024.

GE has been delivering HVDC projects in South Korea since 1994 when GE provided South Korea’s first 300 megawatt HVDC bi-pole link for the 101 km, point-to-point submarine electric interconnector linking Jeju Island to the mainland.