New T&D project completed for UK-Europe interconnector

National Grid has moved a step closer to final testing and commissioning of the Nemo Link interconnector, which will allow electricity to flow both ways between Britain and the rest of Europe.

A new 20 km high-voltage electricity line has been completed between Richborough and Canterbury in England to connect the Nemo Link into the UK’s electricity transmission system.

The Richborough Connection line consists of 60 pylons which carry 260km of high-voltage cables. Previously there was no high-voltage transmission network in the Richborough area to carry electricity from the interconnector.

The Nemo Linkà‚ interconnector will consist of subsea and underground cables. In the UK it will à‚ connect to a converter station on the site of the former Richborough Power Station, while it will join mainland Europe at in Bruges, Belgium.

Graham Dolamore, Project Director for National Grid, said the completion of the Richborough Project “is a significant milestone in the programme which will allow power to flow between Britain and Belgium early next year, providing security of supply and greater opportunities for the UK to trade with wider European energy markets”.

More than 750,000 working hours were spent building the new overhead line. In addition, works were also carried out at Canterbury North substation and the new Richborough substation, with both extended and equipment either installed or upgraded by ABB and Siemens.

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