National Grid and Energinet have signed engineering, procurement and construction contracts with their chosen suppliers for Viking Link, the UK’s first ever subsea electricity interconnector to Denmark.
Siemens will be supplying and installing equipment for the two converter station sites in Lincolnshire in the UK and Revsing in Denmark. NKT and Prysmian will manufacture and install the two, parallel high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables. The three contracts have a combined value of €1.1bn (£990m).
The 1.4 gigawatt (GW) HVDC interconnector, which will be the longest in the world when completed, will stretch 472 miles from the Lincolnshire coast to Western Denmark. Viking Link will have the capacity to power around one and a half million UK homes.
Reaching this milestone signifies the projects move from development to construction phase, with the major works in the UK and Denmark starting next Summer, with completion expected by the end of 2023.
Jon Butterworth, Chief Operating Officer, Global Transmission at National Grid Ventures, said: “Viking Link will play a vital role in helping to decarbonise the UK’s power supply on our journey to a net zero carbon energy system. Interconnectors like Viking Link enable us to use every spare electron; meaning UK consumers get access to cleaner, cheaper and more secure electricity.
“I would like to thank all the Viking Link team, and everyone involved, for their hard work, dedication and perseverance in getting the project to this significant stage.”
Following the completion of Viking Link, our interconnectors will hold enough capacity (7.8GW) to power 8 million homes. By 2030, 90% of electricity imported via National Grid’s interconnectors will be from zero carbon sources.
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