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Contracts awarded for new UK-France power link

ABB and Prysimian have been awarded contracts for the 1GW IFA2 power link, a 240KM subsea interconnector between the UK and France.

ABB has won an order worth about €270 million from the UK grid operator National Grid and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE) to provide HVDC (high-voltage direct current) technology that will help interconnect the electricity networks of both countries.
IFA2 power link
ABB will provide the two high-voltage direct current HVDC Light converter stations which will be linked with a subsea cable.

Prysmian has secured a contract worth around €350 million for the turn-key design, manufacture and installation of a submarine and land power cable link to connect Tourbe in France to Chilling in Hampshire, UK.

The High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnection will allow up to 1000 MW of power to be transferred between the countries. The HVDC cable system comprises approximately 25 km route length in France, running from Tourbe converter station in Northern France to the landing point close to Caen.

à‚ The subsea route will land at the south coast of the UK at Solent Airport near Fareham where the UK converter station is to be located. In addition to the HVDC cable link, the contract includes a High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) link that will connect the converter station to a local substation in Chilling, UK. This includes 2 km land sections at each end with a 5 km subsea section between them.

“This order further strengthens our leading HVDC position and provides momentum to our transformational drive for profitable growth, as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid,” ABB power grids unit president Claudio Facchin said.

The subsea cables will be manufactured in the Prysmian production facility in Pikkala, Finland, while the land cables will be manufactured at the Prysmian factory in Gron, France.

The system commissioning is scheduled for 2020.

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