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Stafford factory's £634 million contracts

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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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.

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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.

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