National Grid begins construction on €2bn Viking Link Interconnector project

WCN Editorial Team 13 Jul 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Britain’s electricity and gas firm National Grid has begun construction on the €2bn Viking Link Interconnector project, a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link between the UK and Denmark.

Upon completion, the 1.4GW, 765km subsea and onshore link will become the world’s longest electricity interconnector. It will connect Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, UK and Revsing in South Jutland, Denmark.

Siemens Energy has been selected to commence the initial phase of works, a 2.4km-long access road for the Bicker Fen converter station site. It will also build UK and Denmark converter stations on both ends of the interconnector link.

The project is a joint venture between National Grid Ventures, part of National Grid, and Energinet, the Danish electricity system owner and operator.

Work on the permanent road will be finished in nine months. The road will facilitate access for the construction equipment to the converter station and for operational vehicles to access the site when the converter station is completed in 2023

UK Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This major construction project will put Lincolnshire firmly at the heart of our economic recovery.

“Not only will this scheme create local green-collar jobs across the county, but it will also bolster our energy security, reduce bills for consumers, and give our home-grown renewable generators a greater chance to export zero-carbon electricity around the world.”

Upon operational in 2023, the subsea electricity cable can supply renewable energy to power 1.5 million UK homes.

National Grid said that 90% of electricity imported through its interconnectors will be from zero-carbon sources by 2030.

Viking Link project director for National Grid Ventures Mike Elmer said: "We've already completed the initial groundwork with archaeological and ecological surveys as well as waterworks studies, however, this is a key construction milestone for the project.

"Viking Link will play a vital role in helping to decarbonise the UK’s power supply on the journey to a net zero-carbon energy system. It will enable access to a cleaner greener supply of electricity, which will make energy more secure and affordable for consumers."

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When completed, the subsea electricity cable can supply renewable to 1.5 million UK homes. (Credit: National Grid)

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