A STAFFORD factory is at the heart of three major international projects totalling £634 million in India, South Korea and Canada.
Alstom’s transformer factory – the only one of its kind in the uk – is already working on Champna 2 with the equipment designed to drive an energy superhighway across India.
The recently-tested 800kv transformer is twice as powerful as anything in the UK and one of the largest machines every produced by the Stafford factory.
It is the culmination of a five-year investment, research and development programme that led to the contract that will see Alstom connect power stations in Champna to Kurukshetra, more than 1,000 miles away.
The Kepco project will transmit energy produced by the Dangjin power plant in the west of South Korea to the densely-populated Pyeongtaek area, east of Dangjin.
The third project – Muskrat Falls – will create a transmission link stretching 1,100km from Muskrat Falls to multiple locations.
The news comes weeks after Alstom was taken over by General Electric in June, in a deal Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said would be good for the town.