June 11 (Renewables Now) - Engineering consulting firm WSP has been awarded a contract to work on the 500-MW Greenlink interconnector between Wales and Ireland, it was announced today.
The EUR-400-million (USD 471m) privately-financed interconnector is being developed by Greenlink Interconnector Ltd, a subsidiary of Element Power. The 200-km high voltage direct current (HVDC) link is expected to start construction in 2020.
WSP will assist Greenlink through the final cost and technical assessments for UK energy regulator Ofgem and Ireland's Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). It will also manage the procurement process for the entire HVDC system and will ensure safety in design for those constructing, operating and maintaining the interconnector. The company's team has previously worked on the two other connections between the UK and Ireland.
The project is expected to reduced costs for Irish consumers and increase Great Britain’s access to Ireland’s renewable energy generation. "Greenlink represents significant inward investment at a local level on both sides of the Irish Sea, as well as supporting the UK and Ireland’s national energy security and low carbon strategies," said Simon Ludlam, Greenlink's project director.
The subsea and underground cable will run from the Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland to the Pembroke substation in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The project has received funding from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.179)