Italy’s Prysmian has been selected as the exclusive preferred bidder for the Eastern Green Link 2 cable connection in the UK.
The Milan-based cabling giant said contract talks with SSEN Transmission and National Grid Electricity Transmission, the UK’s electricity transmission network owners, are ongoing with the aim of sealing the deal in a “timely manner”.
Eastern Green Link 2 is a planned high voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine and underground cable link of around 500 km route length between Peterhead in Scotland and Drax in the North of England. With a power transmission capacity of 2 GW the connection is expected to be one of the first cable systems in the UK to utilise 525 kV technology with extruded XLPE insulation.
The link forms part of a series of planned system reinforcements required to boost the capability of the existing UK transmission network and facilitate the growth in flows of renewable generation in the North to demand centres to the South, supporting the target of enabling 50 GW offshore wind generation by 2030.