Amprion secures supplier capacity for four converters at Hitachi Energy
Transmission system operator Amprion and Hitachi Energy have concluded a strategic agreement on the preferred delivery of four converter stations. The agreement serves to realise the Korridor B direct-current project on schedule and is a part of Amprion’s capacity security strategy.
Amprion is taking another important step towards securing the necessary capacities for a central energy transition project. The agreement names Hitachi Energy, with its locations in Sweden and Germany, as the preferred supplier of four converter stations. The contractual parties have agreed that Hitachi Energy will maintain the necessary production and installation capacities until the project is awarded.
Amprion intends to commission the construction of the converters for a sum in the single-digit billions by October 2024. The converters will be constructed in the area of the grid connection points in Heide, Wilhelmshaven, Polsum and Hamm.
‘We are pleased to have Hitachi Energy by our side as a long-standing and reliable partner. Close collaboration is crucial for the success of the project and offers the manufacturers certainty in planning for the expansion of their production capacities,’ explained Dr Hendrik Neumann, CTO of Amprion GmbH. ‘The agreement is an important step towards enabling Korridor B to transport green electricity for up to five million households by the beginning of the 2030s,’ continued Neumann.
‘We’re proud that Amprion has chosen us as their preferred long-term HVDC technology partner for the Korridor B project in Germany. This agreement reflects new business models and global standards for meeting the demand necessary to accelerate the energy transition,’ said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of the Grid Integration division at Hitachi Energy.
Korridor B is comprised of two new underground cable connections, each with two converter stations, which transport electricity from the North Sea coast in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony to the Ruhr region. The underground cables transport 2 gigawatts (GW) per project. If needed, the transmission capacity can be increased by another 4 GW via additionally laid empty lines. With a total of 8 GW of transport capacity, the project is a central building block for the conversion of the energy system.
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