SuedLink: Contracts for underground cables awarded to Prysmian and NKT
TenneT and TransnetBW have selected NKT and Prysmian to supply and lay
525 kilovolt underground cables for the SuedLink. The two cable manufacturers
will provide 2GW high-voltage DC underground interconnector. The contract
has been valued around €2 billion.
Suedlink is an ~700 km long link in Germany, connecting the windy North
with the South. The Link starts in Northern Germany where it connects to
power from offshore wind farms and to the Nordlink interconnector, which
brings hydro power from Norway to Germany via a 525 kV high-voltage DC
offshore power cable to Southern Germany.
‘In the future, SuedLink will form the backbone of the energy transition
in Germany. With the orders for the DC underground cables, we are now moving
from planning to realizing this important power connection,’ said
Tim Meyerjürgens, Managing Director of TenneT.
NKT will provide one of two power cable systems, with a specially engineered
solution for the power cable to cross the Elbe river and a salt mine.
Prysmian will supply the other cable, with a length of around 700 km, from
Wilster in Schleswig-Holstein, to the north-west of Hamburg, to the southern
connection point at Bergrheinfeld, close to Schweinfurt in Bavaria. The
contract is worth ~€800 million.
The project completion of both the cables is expected in 2026. The cables
will be produced at NKT's facilities in Cologne and Karlskrona (Sweden)
as well as at Prysmian facilities in Gron and Montereau (France) and in