NKT inks East West Interconnector service contract
has been awarded a five-year service agreement by the Irish power grid
operator EirGrid for cable related services, including repair works for
The 200 kV HVDC power cable with allows the transmission of 500 MW of electricity
between Ireland and Great Britain.
The service work will be carried out in accordance with a tailored preparedness
plan designed by NKT to reduce the potential outage time in case of unexpected
damages to both the onshore and offshore parts of the East West Interconnector.
For NKT, the agreement marks the first contract including the company’s
recently launched 10 days vessel mobilisation guarantee. The guarantee
forms part of a preparedness plan which aims to remove uncertainty
from the repair timeline to minimise outage duration.
"It is a pleasure to see our vessel mobilization guarantee being well-received
in the market where we see a growing demand for service agreements as the
focus on uptime is increasing. The level of preparedness makes a critical
difference for the potential downtime of a power cable and we are happy
to support EirGrid with our service expertise to ensure maximum uptime
of the East West Interconnector," says Oliver Schlodder, Executive
Vice President and Head of Applications, Service and Accessories in NKT.
NKT will be providing jointing technicians as well as vessels, equipment
and tools for service operations. Furthermore, the agreement includes inspection
and spare part maintenance, fault locating, vessel preparedness guarantee,
offshore cable handling, offshore and onshore cable jointing work, engineering
and monitoring analysis.
"We are focused on optimising the availability of the East West Interconnector
to facilitate the integration of renewable energy onto the Irish and European
transmission systems. This new agreement with NKT supports this goal and
is another step towards transforming the power system for future generations,"
says Michael Mahon, Director of Grid Development and Interconnection
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