Greenlink awards planning support contract

Greenlink Interconnector Limited has awarded out a contract for marine environmental and planning support for the Greenlink Interconnector.

The contract has been awarded to Intertek, a company that provides Total Quality Assurance services to industries worldwide.

Since 2013, Intertek’s subject-matter employees have worked on marine environmental quality assurance solutions with Element Power and the
Greenlink project providing marine route development, landfall identification and initial environmental permits. 

With this recent contract award, Intertek will provide an even wider range of services including marine survey procurement, execution and reporting, in addition to client representation, coordination of pre-application consultation, consent applications (survey and installation) and consent compliance activities for
Greenlink’s offshore infrastructure.

This will include delivery of a Foreshore License application to Ireland’s Foreshore Unit and a Marine License application to Natural Resources Wales. 
 
Greenlink has been recognised as a “Project of Common Interest” by the European Union following support received from both the Irish and UK governments and has also received funding from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility.
 
Anna Farley, Greenlink Project Manager at Intertek Energy & Water said: “Element Power is a valued long-term client, and we are delighted to have been selected to support them in the next phase of the project.  As a Total Quality Assurance solutions provider, Intertek is committed to supporting Greenlink’s environmental, regulatory and operational needs while working closely with their project team to develop one of the most important infrastructure projects in Europe.”
 
Simon Ludlam, Greenlink’s Project Director, said; “Greenlink will connect the power markets of Ireland and the UK bringing energy security, investment and low carbon benefits on both sides. Following the Irish regulator’s paper in March setting out the roadmap for approval of cap and floor regulation for Greenlink, we are now focused on progressing the environmental permitting. 

"We are delighted to have reached a significant milestone in the project’s development in awarding a contract for marine environmental and planning support and look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Intertek.”

The
Greenlink Interconnector is a proposed €400million electrical underground and submarine interconnector spanning 170km of submarine cabling, with an extra 30km of cable on land. The interconnector is planned to have a capacity of 500MW, and aims to link the power markets in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. 

Earlier this month, Element Power issued a tender for the procurement of the system design, detailed design, engineering, procurement, manufacture, installation, construction, testing, commissioning, spares provision, operation, inspection and maintenance of all equipment and HVAC cables required for the inter-connector.

Financial close for the interconnector is expected to take place in the coming months, and the project is expected to be operational and fully commissioned in 2020.

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