Alstom Grid has signed a deal with China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co (CET) to develop Ultra High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) power transmission systems in China.

Under the terms of the agreement, CET, which is a 100 per cent subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China, and Alstom will co-operate on 1100 kV and 800 kV converter transformer technology development and manufacture.

Grégoire Poix-Guillaume, president of Alstom Grid, said: “The co-development of converter transformers is of strategic importance for both Alstom Grid and CET. Alstom is proud to have this significant R&D co-operation with a subsidiary of SGCC.”

Cao Zhi’An, executive vice president of SGCC, said: “This marks the starting point for SGCC to begin its large scale HVDC construction projects. SGCC has paid close attention to the cooperation between CET and Alstom in the development of UHVDC converter transformers, and we will provide full support.”