Wind turbines. Photo by: Element Power (www.elpower.com).
The developer of the 500-MW Greenlink project is inviting companies to express their interest to tender for construction of the interconnector between the UK and Ireland.
Element Power, which owns project developer Greenlink Interconnector Ltd, said today that a contract notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, thus initiating procurement of the contracts needed for construction of the undersea and underground high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system as well as the associated converter stations.
“We will run a competitive tender to drive down costs and ensure maximum benefit for consumers. In parallel we are running our subsea surveys that will determine the optimal cable route across the Irish Sea to inform the procurement process,” said project director Simon Ludlam.
Greenlink is on track to enter the construction phase in 2020 and to be completed in 2023, Element Power said. The project is expected to reduced costs for Irish consumers and increase Great Britain’s access to Ireland’s renewable energy generation.