Siemens Wins Order for HVDC Link between Great Britain & France

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 2/23/2017, Location: Europe

Siemens has been awarded an order to supply a link between the French and British power grids. The customer is ElecLink Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel SE. The "ElecLink" high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link will enhance power supply reliability in both countries and promote the integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid. Siemens will supply the two HVDC converter stations at both sides of the DC power line, which will be routed as a DC cable through the Channel Tunnel.

This cable is to be supplied by Prysmian and installed by Balfour Beatty. The volume of Siemens' share of the order is around EUR 315 million. The link is scheduled to take up commercial operation early 2020. The foundation stone of the future converter station was laid on February 23, 2017, by Jesse Norman, Minister for Industry and Energy signalling the start of the construction work which, when complete, will supply enough electricity to power more than 1.65 million typical households per year.


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