General – Substations
Yesterday, TenneT, together with Siemens Energy, Hitachi Energy, GE Grid and Royal SMIT, has signed a framework agreement worth 1.9 billion euros for the supply of 110 compensation coils and 160 power transformers destined for Germany and the Netherlands.
Of this amount, 1.16 billion euros is allocated for German substations and 730 million euros for substations in the Netherlands. Each supplier has been awarded approximately a quarter of the total volume. The successful closing of the framework agreement marks a crucial step in optimizing and maintaining TenneT’s transmission grid. Substations in Germany and the Netherlands must be adapted to meet the growing demands of the energy transition.
Tim Meyerjürgens, COO of TenneT, explains: “The energy transition requires a complete system overhaul, not only with new power lines but also with state-of-the-art substations. To enable the integration of renewable energies into the transmission grid via the distribution grid, we need a significant number of new high-performance transformers. At the same time, our substations will assume system services for frequency and voltage stability, which were previously provided by conventional power plants. For this, we require additional equipment such as compensation coils.”
Reflecting on the contract signing, Meyerjürgens adds: “With today’s signing of the framework contract, we are sustainably ensuring the construction and modernisation of our substations, driving the energy transition in Germany and the Netherlands.”
The framework agreement also underscores the strategic partnership with the four suppliers. It possesses a minimum term of two years and offers the option to extend the contract up to five times, each for one year. In total, 98 power transformers were tendered for Germany, and 61 for the Netherlands.
68 compensation coils were allocated for the Netherlands, and 38 for Germany. These assets will be deployed not only in maintenance projects but also in new construction projects.