Contract awarded for UK-Belgium electrical interconnector

Vania Goncalves 28 Oct 2016 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Murphy in partnership with Siemens has been awarded a contract to build a converter station and nine compound buildings for the Nemo Link interconnector project in Richborough, Kent.

Nemo Link’s high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector will have an approximate capacity of 1,000MW and will transfer electrical power via subsea cables between the UK and Belgium.

The bi-directional power will flow in either direction at different times, depending on the supply and demand of each country.

Murphy operations director for power Vincent Bowler said: “We are looking forward to working on what promises to be a hugely innovative project for the industry as a whole. We are appointing key personnel across our in-house power team, specialists in contracts of this nature, to ensure we deliver all the elements needed to make this international bi-directional project a success.”

Paul Tooth, Siemens’ head of interconnectors, said: “We have selected Murphy as our partner for this prestigious project and look forward to working with them again, to build upon our previously successful collaborations in the UK energy market.”

Construction work begins this month and is expected to be finished in 2017. Nemo Link is scheduled to start commercial operation in 2018.


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