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GEC Turbine Generators

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A subsidiary of GEC.

1966 GEC sold the turbo-generators business to C. A. Parsons and Co in exchange for 18.2 percent of Parsons' equity[1]

1967 GEC acquired AEI which brought turbo-generators back into the group in a substantial way.

1969 GEC Power Engineering was formed which included[2] English Electric-AEI Turbines

The main manufacturing centres were at Rugby (HQ and main design centre for steam turbines), Trafford Park (low pressure turbines), and Stafford (Generators).

1982 GEC Turbine Generators took a Queen's Award for Export Achievement for its steam turbines and associated generators for fossil-fired and nuclear power stations.[3]

1998 This part of GEC was merged with part of CGE, and operated as GEC-Alsthom Turbine Generators until renamed ALSTOM in 1998 as control moved to France. This part of ALSTOM is now owned by GE (USA).

Privatisation, and the 'dash for gas' encouraged by the goverment, resulted in a marked reduction in demand for the UK steam turbine makers. GEC/GEC-Alsthom found a new market in cost-effective 'replanting' of steam turbines to increase output and efficiency. Sophisticated analysis of blading, supported by work at the turbine development labs at Barton Dock Road in Trafford Park, allowed GEC-Alsthom to offer packages involving replacing turbine rotors, along with various options for replacement of fixed blading, up to the provision of complete modules comprising rotors, diaphragms and casings. The firm had considerable success in the UK and USA, replanting turbines of their own and other makers' design.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Sept. 29, 1967
  2. The Times, 10 January 1969
  3. The Engineer 1982/04/22