Following the letter of award sent two weeks ago, National Grid Viking Link Limited and Energinet have awarded Prysmian Group the contract for the turnkey installation of Viking Link, the first submarine cable connection between the UK and Denmark.
The €700 million contract includes the design, manufacture and installation of the world’s longest interconnector, including the entire 1250 km submarine cable and all of the 135 km of land cables on the UK side of the project.
“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,” stated Valerio Battista, CEO Prysmian Group.
The High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnector will operate at ±525 kV DC and will allow up to 1400 MW of power to be transferred between the two countries passing through UK, Dutch, German and Danish waters, using single-core, mass-impregnated paper-insulated cables.
The HVDC 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, with the aim of increasing access to renewable and sustainable energy sources, reducing the cost of electricity in the UK and providing additional system reliability.
The offshore cable operations will be performed using Prysmian’s new cutting-edge installation vessel.
Commissioning of the project is scheduled for the end of 2023.