HVDC giants to link UK-Norway
Nexans, Prysmian and ABB scoop major contracts on 1400MW line
Nexans, Prysmian and ABB have been named as contractors to build a 1400MW interconnector between Norway and the UK.
The Italian company was awarded a €550m turnkey contact for around 950km of cables in two sections on the NSN Link, which will help facilitate renewables in both countries.
The Statnett and National Grid interconnector which will run between Blyth in Northumberland and Kvilldal in the west of Norway and will be the longest HVDC connection in the world.
Prysmian will build 525kV cabling at its Acro Felice factory in Italy and use its Giulio Verne to install the wire on a job due to be complete in September 2021.
Nexans won a €340m contract to deliver HVDC infrastructure on the Scandinavian segment of the NSN project, including the so-called Fjord subsea element and onshore connections in Norway, including delivery of a total of 500km of HVDC cabling.
Wire will be installed by inhouse vessel Skagerrak (pictured) using the Capjet trenching system. NSN cables will be developed, tested and manufactured at Nexans’ Halden plant in Norway.
ABB picked up a $450m order to supply the converter stations at both ends of the line. The company will design, engineer, supply and commission the onshore stations using its HVDC Light technology.