Denmark-based NKT has been awarded a contract of approximately €235 million (US$275.15 million) by SSEN Transmission to deliver and install a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector to the Shetland HVDC Link project.
The turnkey order comprises the manufacturing of two 260-kilometre-long 320kV HVDC on- and offshore power cables and protection of the cables.
Installation will be performed by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria.
The power cables will be manufactured in Karlskrona, Sweden, with expected production start in 2021 and with commissioning in 2024.
The Shetland HVDC Link will be the first transmission connection between the Scottish mainland and the island of Shetland, located off the north-east coast of Scotland. The link will support Shetland’s future security of supply needs and will facilitate the connection of renewable energy generation to the main Great Britain electricity system, supporting the transition to net zero CO2 emissions.
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