SAO PAULO (Reuters) – After an unusual number of explosions, several Brazilian power transmission companies have started removing a piece of equipment made by General Electric Co , a blow for GE’s Brazil unit as it battles competing suppliers from China and India.
Brazil’s grid operator ONS recommended replacing GE’s CTH-550 transformer model after registering 53 explosions, as Reuters exclusively reported in January. ONS said then that the equipment showed “a failure rate that is superior to what is expected” for such a device.
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There are close to 700 pieces of that equipment in Brazil’s grid, each costing up to 100,000 reais ($26,000). Power transmission companies have already launched tenders to buy replacement transformers while they discuss the costs and a schedule for the changes with GE and regulators.
In a statement to Reuters, GE said it is investigating what caused the equipment failure in Brazil.
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“GE Grid Solutions performed a series of checks in the equipment with its clients and, as of this moment, there is no evidence that the problems were caused by the design, components or production processes,” it...
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