A data centre is planned for construction near the Susquehanna nuclear plant in the USAUS-based Talen Energy has selected Linxon to deliver three greenfield substations for their Cumulus Data Centre Project in Salem Township Pennsylvania.

The substations will be connected to Talen’s 2500MW Susquehanna NPP. A portion of the energy from the substations will supply power to a newly designed 400,000 square foot Cumulus data centre campus that will be located within close proximity to the plant.

Linxon will supply a turnkey solution utilising products from Hitachi Energy for the 500/69 kV Gas Insulated Substation (GIS), the 230/69 kV GIS and hybrid substations, requiring fast track design, engineering, permitting, civil work, procurement, construction and commissioning activities.

"We are proud to bring our expertise to Talen Energy and thank them for their confidence in our capabilities. Our unique offering and solutions are key to providing reliable energy to our clients, especially for data centres that are essential for the ramp-up of the economy", said Stefan Reisacher, CEO of Linxon. Our substations will help to cost-efficiently increase server and network availability and underscores the enhanced value that our comprehensive offering brings to our clients."

"Talen Energy is happy to have reached an agreement with Linxon to deliver turnkey substations for our flagship Cumulus data centre campus project. We are using available undeveloped land around our Susquehanna plant to create a business that will provide job opportunities and other economic benefits to the community both during the construction phase, as well as once the facility is operational. We are excited to break ground on this project and look forward to working with Linxon to deliver the critical substation installations," said Dustin Wertheimer, Vice President and Divisional CFO at Talen Energy.

Linxon began operations in September 2018, undertaking turnkey electrical alternating current substation projects related to renewable and conventional power generation, power transmission and transportation solutions. Substations enable the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity. Within the substation, switchgear controls and protects the network from power outages and facilitates reliable electricity supply. 

In August, Talen announced that, as part of its strategic transformation to a renewable energy and digital infrastructure growth platform, it had entered into a joint venture with TeraWulf, a US-based bitcoin mining company, to develop up to 300MW of zero-carbon bitcoin mining capacity. Phase I of the Nautilus Cryptomine facility is a 180MW bitcoin mining facility which will be built on Talen's digital infrastructure campus adjacent to its Susquehanna NPP.

A data centre is planned for construction near the Susquehanna nuclear plant in the USA (Photo: Linxon)