Prysmian bags £628m contract for Viking Link interconnector project

WCN Editorial Team 24 Jul 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract, worth €700m (£628.2m), for the development of 1.4GW Viking Link power cable between Britain and Denmark.

The contract is for first submarine cable connection between the UK and Denmark. It has been awarded by British electricity and gas utility company National Grid and Danish national transmission system operator Energinet.

Under the contract, Prysmian will be responsible for the turn-key design, manufacture and installation of the interconnector with the entire 1,250km cable for the submarine route and all of the approximately 135km of land cables on the UK side.

Prysmian Group CEO Valerio Battista said: “We are proud to have the opportunity to support two of our most important customers, National Grid and Energinet, in the development of such a strategic infrastructure, which will represent a milestone for the upgrade of the entire EU power transmission grid.”

The High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnector, which will operate at ±525kV DC, will enable power trade between the two countries. It cable will pass through UK, Dutch, German and Danish waters.

The cable system will connect the converter station located at Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, UK, to the converter station located at Revsing in southern Jutland, Denmark.

Prysmian Group EVP Projects Hakan Ozmen said: “This project further confirms our undisputed market and technology leadership. Our commitment is to ensure all the resources needed to support our customers in the transition to a more sustainable and smarter energy scenario.”

Prysmian plans to manufacture all cables for the project at its centre of excellence in Arco Felice, Italy while the offshore cable operations will be carried out using its new installation vessel.

Jointly owned by Energinet and National Grid, the Viking Link interconnector project is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2023.

Energinet and National Grid also awarded contract to €90m (£80.7m) to NKT to supply approximately 150km of 525kV MI high-voltage DC onshore power cables for the interconnector project.

Image: The Viking Link power cable will enable electricity trade between the UK and Denmark. Photo: courtesy of Prysmian Group.

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