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Utility & Industrial Substation Projects

Substation and electrical infrastructure projects for utility and industrial customers face a number of challenges in today's environment. Increasing demand and workload peaks, NERC and FERC regulations, and an aging workforce and infrastructure serve as drivers for outsourcing these complex projects.

GE serves these needs with a comprehensive range of products and services for substation and electrical grid projects that can be delivered as Engineered Equipment Packages (EEP), Engineer, Procure and Construct EPC) and support services.

Key Benefits
  • Extensive industry, technical and project management experience
  • Leading safety and on-site management record
  • On-time and on-budget delivery
  • Comprehensive integration capability
Green Field Substations
  • Utility
  • Renewables
  • Industrial
Substation Upgrade Programs
  • Transformer additions
  • Transformer change-outs
  • Breaker additions
  • Breaker change-outs
  • Ring bus expansions
  • Protection & control/SCADA upgrades
GE's advantage markets served Specialized applications
GE's Advantage

With more than a century of experience in the transmission and distribution industry, GE's projects team leverages their expertise to provide customers with a number of key benefits.


Extensive Experience

Deep domain knowledge and proven excellence in complex electrical projects results in increased customer confidence and reduced risk.

  • Designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects
  • Lead engineering and project management professionals average more than 20 years industry experience
  • Experience with large, complex projects valued over $100M
  • Unique capability to execute technically complex upgrade projects


On-Time and On-Budget Delivery

Process rigor with seamless project execution and delivery produce streamlined, on-time and on-budget results.

  • 99% on-time completion to in-service date
  • Greater than 97% on-budget performance
  • 50% fewer change orders than industry average resulting in improved price forecasting and total cost of ownership


Industry Leading Safety and On-Site Management Record

Rigorous, best-in-class quality and process standards provide and promote a safe and secure work environment. This ensures systematic project execution, on-time completion of deliverables and the highest level of on-site safety.

  • Nearly 1.5 years of project site work without an OSHA
    recordable injury
  • Comprehensive safety program focused on awareness, training and prevention

Comprehensive Integration Capability

A full line of OEM equipment integrated via state-of-the-art 3D knowledge-based design tools provide optimized system designs.

  • Pioneered the use of 3D interactive tools that incorporate GE design experience into repeatable knowledge-based system to drive efficiency, quality and speed
  • Simplified and streamlined commercial offerings eliminate project and logistical complexities of multiple vendor projects
Markets Served

GE's Projects teams serve a number of different market verticals including:

  Transmission Substations

Utility Transmission Substations

GE leads the North American industry in successful completion of sophisticated and critical electric transmission projects varying from 69kV to 500kv. Typical project types include:

  • Greenfield substations
  • Capacity upgrades
  • Bay additions
  • Transformer and circuit breaker change-outs
  • Bus reconfiguration and expansion (BAAH, Ring Bus)
  • SCADA and protection and control upgrades

  Distribution Substations

Utility Distribution Substations

GE offers a wide variety of distribution substation solutions, varying from 12kV to 69kV, that incorporate the latest GE technologies and a modular design that allows for standardization and scalability to cover small, medium and large distribution substations upgrades. Typical project types include:

  • Greenfield substations
  • Transformer and circuit breaker change-outs
  • SCADA and protection and control upgrades

  Industrial Substations

Industrial Substations

GE's solution is specifically engineered to provide the highest reliability possible, including redundant service if required. GE has extensive design and construction experience in building new or upgrading existing industrial substations including:

  • Oil & Gas
  • LNG/Petrochemical
  • Metals & Mining
  • Steel/paper/cement

  Renewable Substations

Renewable Substations
(Wind & Solar)

GE provides Electrical Balance of Plant (EBoP) for wind and solar grid interconnect with a full line of solutions, products and services to support the development, design, installation and operations of renewable generation facilities. GE has designed and constructed nearly 10% of the wind generation connected to the North American grid.


Multi-year Upgrade Programs

GE provides multiyear programs to utilities and customers for a range of project types. A program approach is generally used for a group of projects that have a set criteria, common goals or anticipated results. For example, a customer may need to replace specific equipment or upgrade systems at multiple substations over an extended period of time. Typical project types can include:

  • Protection and control hardware upgrades
  • New or existing communications and SCADA upgrades
  • Replacement of specific switchyard equipment, including transformer and circuit breaker change-outs

Specialized Technology Applications

Gas Insulated Switchgear Substations

GE provides Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) Substations ranging from 69kV to 500kV for utilities and industrial customers with a full complement of primary and secondary equipment, services and solutions to build and retrofit electrical infrastructure. GE's compact and modular design minimizes the installation footprint.


IEC 61850 Process Bus Solution

With the unique Multilin™ HardFiber Brick solution, GE offers customers an alternative to traditional copper wired substation designs that significantly reduces installation costs. This enabling technology creates a reliable high-speed network with the ability to connect and transmit data from the substation to an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) or Energy Management System (EMS). The Multilin HardFiber Brick solution complies to the IEC 61850 global industry standard


Modular Control Buildings

GE provides electric utility and industrial customers with Modular Control Buildings intended for use in transmission and distribution substations. The Modular Control Building is manufactured in a controlled environment. The panels are wired and cabled to an intertie box that accepts the field cables from the switchyard equipment. The entire building and panels are pretested at the factory and shipped to site to be set on piers or a slab foundation.