Overview

With an increase in power plant retirements by 2030, the U.K. faces a critical challenge to stabilize energy production.

The challenge

After COP21, the U.K. made a critical decision regarding its energy policy—to move toward low-carbon technologies. Since 2010, 25% of the U.K.’s electricity generation has been curbed, and by 2030 a further 40% is expected. Only one nuclear power station remains.

The solution

The call for new energy is answered by the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant. When complete, HPC is expected to deliver 7% of the U.K.’s CO2-free energy for the next 60 years. The plant is projected to deliver 3.2+ GW to the grid, enough for 6 million homes—and efficient enough to avoid 9 million tons of CO2 emissions a year. 

Outcomes

Meet the two largest steam turbines ever built

3.2 GW

added to grid

6M

homes powered

9M

tons of CO2 avoided each year

GE will supply the two conventional power islands for HPC, which include the Arabelle steam turbine, generator and other critical equipment. The Arabelle steam turbine wasted no time in setting a record at HPC.

Already the largest steam turbine in operation for the past 10 years, the Arabelle produces 2% more power output than a traditional configuration and has a 99.96% rate of reliability. HPC’s Arabelle turbines will be the largest ever built—longer than an Airbus 380—and capable of producing 1,770 MW each.