Employees at Alstom Power’s generator service factory have completed the largest stator built in years at the Stafford site.
The equipment is now set to travel more than 5,000 miles to its final destination in China, where it will become an integral part of the generator system supplying power into mainland China and Hong Kong.
The 330-tonne load will now depart Ellesmere port and travel for more than six weeks by sea before finally reaching Daya Bay in China.
More than 150 staff who work at the generator service facility located on Lichfield Road have contributed to the construction of the stator – the principle stationary component found within all electric generators – since the contract was signed in June 2009.
The stator is a duplicate of the original unit manufactured at the Stafford factory in the late 1980s. As part of the manufacturing process, the design of the stator has been upgraded to incorporate Alstom’s latest generator winding technology.
Henri Argenson, general manager at the Stafford centre, said: “We’re very proud that such pioneering technology has been produced right here in Stafford. We have an incredibly talented local workforce and the production of the stator is a true demonstration of their skills and commitment.
“Alstom is a global business and world leader in power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and our overseas customers are an incredibly important part of our business. The Far East market is a particular focus, so we’re delighted with the successful completion of the Daya Bay Stator contract. We’re dedicated to continuing to invest in our staff and facilities, enabling us to provide world-class products and solutions.”