Prysmian Group and Balfour Beatty have been awarded a contract for the
realisation of a new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnector
between France and the UK through the Channel Tunnel.
interconnector project is one of
the European Commission’s Projects of Common Interest and was is underdevelopment
by ElecLink, a wholly owned subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel. The link will
provide a power transmission link between the UK and France with a capacity
of a 1000MW.
Siemens' is set to net around €315m following the award of a contract
for the delivery of two converter stations, one at Peuplingues in France,
the other in Folkestone in the UK. The scope of supply includes the overall
system design and the supply, installation and commissioning of all components.
The HVDC power modules and HVDC transformers will be manufactured at two
Siemens factories in Nuremberg, Germany.
Balfour Beatty were awarded the contract in consortium with Prysmian and
it is valued at approximately €219m. Prysmian is estimated to see around
€79m of the total value with Balfour Beatty set to pick up the remainder.
The project comprises of a 320kV extruded HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current)
underground cable turnkey system that includes the engineering, production
and installation of one HVDC symmetrical monopole circuit along a 51km
route. It is to be installed accross the Channel Tunnel. The HVDC cable
will connect future converter stations to be located in Peuplingues (FR)
and Folkestone (UK).
All cables will be manufactured in Prysmian’s plant located in Gron (France)
one of the Group’s facilities for high voltage cables, both AC and DC.
As part of the complete system Prysmian will also supply and install underground
cables for the HVAC link to the Sellindge substation (UK).
Balfour Beatty is responsible for the transportation
and installation of the cables through the tunnel and connecting them to
converter stations on either side.
It was reported
today that the foundation stone
for the £490m ElecLink
interconnector project has been
laid by UK Energy Minister Jesse Norman.
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