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Siemens to connect England and Scotland with high-efficiency submarine power link
Order value for consortium more than 1.1 billion euros for HVDC technology
"This order underscores our technological leadership in the HVDC field ," says Udo Niehage, CEO of the Power Transmission Division of Siemens Energy. "We will build the first submarine power link ever using a level of 600 kilovolts. Furthermore, it will be the first subsea interconnector with a transmission capacity of 2200 megawatts - this equals the power output of two large-scale power plants", adds Niehage.
The order comprises cable installation along the 420-km-long route and construction of the HVDC converters stations in Hunterston, Scotland and the Wirral area in North West England. The link can transmit energy in both directions, north and south.
Energy-efficient grid HVDC transmission technology is part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about EUR30 billion, making Siemens one of the world's largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 320 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.
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