November 12 (Renewables Now) - Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) last week began preparations for a submarine transmission line project in the Balearic Islands, aimed at connecting the island of Menorca with the archipelago’s electricity system and the country's mainland.
REE said that the EUR-84-million (USD 92.6m) project will improve the security and quality of power supply in Menorca, maximise the evacuation of renewables and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The interconnection link is slated to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2020 and will facilitate the energy transition on both Menorca and the Balearic Islands as a whole.
The first step in the project covers laying a 41-kilometre long cable on the seabed between Menorca and Mallorca. This part has been entrusted to Nexans SA (EPA:NEX), a Paris-based cable manufacturer, which has already deployed its cable-laying vessel Skagerrak to the site and initiated works.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.103)