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GE Vernova to provide 47.5 MW battery energy storage system to Varco Energy

GE Vernova to provide 47.5 MW battery energy storage system to Varco Energy

GE Vernova has been chosen to supply a 47.5 MW battery energy storage system for Varco Energy’s Sambar Power project. 

The Sambar Power project is expected to provide enough electricity to supply around 30,000 UK homes for around two hours, and has the key aim of alleviating congestion within a historically overloaded segment of the UK electricity grid. 

That’s one of the key reasons Varco Energy selected GE Vernova’s FLEXRESERVOIR system, as it includes FLEXIQ Controls, FLEXINVERTER central inverters, and Battery DC Blocks, all designed to contribute to balancing and capacity services for the national grid. 

As part of the deal between the two companies, GE Vernova has agreed to provide ongoing maintenance to the battery storage facility through its national services team. 

James Mills, Director at Varco Energy, commented, “BESS are critical infrastructure to help balance the intermittent nature of renewable energy generation and break the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels. We are therefore delighted to collaborate with GE Vernova on the 47.5MW – 2 hour duration – Sambar Power project. 

“At Varco we are committed to investing in assets that will accelerate renewable integration, sustain a resilient grid and drive consumer value in the UK. This is Varco’s second project contracted with GE Vernova and the third overall, as the company continues to expand its portfolio of utility-scale BESS across the U.K.”

Prakash Chandra, President & CEO of GE Vernova’s Solar & Storage Solutions business, added, “GE Vernova is delighted to be chosen by Varco to provide a national grid connected Battery Energy Storage System for their Sambar Power project in Cornwall. 

“Our FLEX portfolio being deployed here is designed to provide flexible, reliable and intelligent solutions that help solve complex renewable integration and grid challenges while maximising value for customers. 

“We hope to advance our common mission of providing dispatchable and reliable clean energy that will benefit thousands of people, while contributing to the transition to a clean energy future in the UK.”

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