GE’s Grid Solutions business has announced it has performed key upgrades on three 765 kV Fixed Series Compensation (FSC) banks at Hydro Quebec’s Montagnais substation. 

The FSC technology installed by GE at the Montagnais substation will maintain power transfer capacity, load division, and system stability at the project, which is located in a remote location. FSC systems make transmission lines function as if they were physically shorter, which helps utilities move power across great distances in a more efficient manner. As utilities recognize this value, an increasing number of them are upgrading their systems to GE’s FSC technology, the company said.

For this project, GE technicians and engineers faced the challenge of fitting GE’s FSC technology into a system originally designed by another company. Using an existing protection apparatus from the original project, GE brought three 765kV FSC banks online at the Hydro Quebec Montagnais site before the end of 2018.

 “Utilities around the world are continuously looking for ways to improve capacity and efficiency while also keeping up with the challenges of modern transmission systems. The HQ Montagnais FSC upgrade is yet another successful example of GE’s innovative grid solutions technology,” said John Kern, Global Operations Manager for GE’s Grid Solutions Fixed Series Compensation Solutions.