Siemens has secured a contract to deliver two converter stations for Viking Link, a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link between the UK and Denmark.
Viking Link, which is being jointly developed by National Grid Ventures in the UK and Energinet in Denmark through National Grid Viking Link and Energinet Eltransmission, has an electricity exchange capacity of 1,400MW.
Siemens Gas and Power EPC Projects CEO Tim Dawidowsky said: “We’re extremely pleased that, with every new interconnection, Siemens is advancing the development of an integrated European energy market.
“With Viking Link, we’ll be working on another landmark HVDC project that is paving the way to a secure, affordable, and sustainable energy supply.”
Siemens will design, supply, install and commission the converter stations, one in Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire and the other in Revising in southern Jutland. The delivery consists of a converter system for direct current (DC) voltage of ± 525KV that uses HVDC Plus technology.
Both the converter stations will be linked by a 767km DC power cable passing through the North Sea and will use HVDC Plus voltage-sourced converters in a modular multilevel converter arrangement.
With the facility to transmit power in both directions, Viking Link will also have the potential to integrate clean energy from renewable energy sources into the power grid.
Designated as European Commission’s Projects of Common Interest, Viking Link is slated to begin commercial operations at the end of 2023. Once operational, it will supply excess energy to regions where the demand for power is high.