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Siemens to install electricity highway between British Isles and Belgium
- Sufficient transmission capacity to supply 500,000 households
- Order includes service agreement
- Inauguration scheduled for 2019
Siemens has been awarded an order to install a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission system connecting the British and Belgian national grids via subsea cable. Joint customers for this "Nemo Link" project are the British grid operator National Grid and Belgian transmission system operator Elia Group. Upon its completion, Nemo Link will provide 1,000 megawatts of capacity, enough to power 500,000 households with electricity. The 140-kilometer link between Richborough on the Kent coast and Zeebrugge near the city of Bruges will combine subsea and underground cables. The overall value of the project is approximately 500 million Euros. Commercial operation of the link is scheduled for 2019. The contract also includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement.
Nemo Link will connect the two high-voltage alternating-current (HVAC) power grids separated by the North Sea with a subsea cable. Siemens will be responsible for the turnkey construction of both converter stations that will operate with the company's leading HVDC Plus technology. The system enables efficient electricity transport over long distances and, in particular, via subsea connections, with power losses of only around two percent. The utilization of HVDC technology eliminates the need to synchronize the two interconnected AC grids.
"We are very pleased to be working with Nemo Link on another landmark HVDC project that will support the integration of the European energy market," said Tim Dawidowsky, CEO of the Transmission Solutions Business Unit within Siemens Energy Management Division. "Siemens is a world leader in high-voltage direct-current transmission and has installed projects using its HVDC Plus technology with a total capacity of 4.6 gigawatts worldwide."
Nemo Link has been designated as one of the European Commission's projects of common interest to help create an integrated European Union energy market. The project will increase energy security in both countries and support the integration of renewable energy sources such as offshore wind power.
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