Prysmian to build new HVDC interconnector linking France and UK

26 February 2017 (Last Updated February 26th, 2017 18:30)

A consortium of Prysmian Group and infrastructure company Balfour Beatty has won a €219m contract from ElecLink to establish a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector between France and the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

A consortium of Prysmian Group and infrastructure company Balfour Beatty has won a €219m contract from ElecLink to establish a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector between France and the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

The interconnector is expected to increase the energy exchange between the two countries and enable diversification of energy sources. It will be built to provide a power transmission link for the project with a capacity of 1,000MW in either flow direction.

With a share of around €79m in the contract, Prysmian will coordinate the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the interconnection.

Prysmian Group energy projects senior vice-president Massimo Battaini said: "The development of power transmission interconnections is of paramount importance in Europe and we are proud to make our technologies and experience available for the realisation of a project with such a high strategic value."

"ElecLink HVDC cable link will provide additional power transmission capacity at low-cost with minimal environmental impact through the interoperability of the Channel Tunnel."

ElecLink HVDC cable link will provide additional power transmission capacity at low-cost with minimal environmental impact through the interoperability of the Channel Tunnel.

The project consists of a 320kV extruded HVDC underground cable turnkey system that includes engineering, production and installation of one symmetrical monopole circuit along a 51km route.

The cable will link future converter stations in Peuplingues, France, and Folkestone, UK.

Prysmian will also be responsible for supply and installation of underground cables for the link to the UK’s Sellindge substation. The company will manufacture all cables at its French plant in Gron.