Page 10 of your October 2003 issue included a quote by a representative of Doble Engineering stating General Electric is out of the large power transformer business (“Switchyard Transformers Overlooked in Power Equation”). This is not true. GE has a joint venture in Monterrey, Mexico that began in June 1995 for manufacturing transformers up to 550 MVA top rated and up to 550kV, 1550kV BIL.
The GE-Prolec joint venture was formed in 1995 between General Electric and AXA (later changed to Xignux). We feel this covers 90% of U.S. market requirements and we have shipped units to 24 different countries since 1995. We have shipped over 2100 units since the venture began. Over 200 of these transformers were self-cooled GSUs above 100 MVA. The vast majority of customers in North America are familiar with our factory manufacturing capabilities as well as our design technology.
We have hosted many customer visits and have presented our capabilities at many of the industry meetings such as the IEEE/PES T&D Exposition, AEIC Committee on Power Apparatus and EEI Transmission and Distribution Committee.
Area Sales Manager
Editor’s Note: In the article, Doble’s Rick Ladroga was referring to GE in the U.S.as opposed to the GE-Prolec joint venture in Mexico.