The Skagerrak 4-interconnector - cable contracts signed
Statnett and Energinet.dk have signed contracts with suppliers of cables for the fourth interconnector between Norway and Denmark, Skagerrak 4. The contracts have a total value of EUR 127 million and launch the construction phase of the project.
‘These contracts are the first major contracts to be signed at the Skagerrak 4-project, and therefore mark a significant milestone for the project’, says project manager Arve Strandem at Statnett. Skagerrak 4 is planned to be completed by the end of 2014.
The HVDC cable will be supplied by the cable manufacturers Nexans and Prysmian. Nexans will provide a 137 km offshore cable and 12 km onshore cable in Norway, whilst Prysmian will provide the 91 km onshore cable to be installed in Denmark. Prysmian’s contract amounts to approx EUR 40 million, whilst Nexans’ contract is worth approx EUR 87 million (NOK 680 million).
Increases transmission capacity between Norway and Denmark with 70%
Skagerrak 4 is a joint project between the two system operators in Norway and Denmark, Statnett and Energinet.dk. The interconnector will facilitate more renewable energy production in both countries and benefit consumers and the industry amongst others through more stable power prices and increased security of power supply.
‘We are very pleased that to have signed contracts with Prysmian and Nexans to supply cables for the project and we look forward to cooperate with the two suppliers’, adds co-project manager Søren D. Mikkelsen from Energinet.dk.
Today there are three DC connections between Norway and Denmark, Skagerrak, 1-3, with a total capacity of 1 000 megawatts (MW). The new Skagerrak 4- interconnection will have a capacity of 700 MW, which will increase the capacity by 70 percent to 1700 MW. 700 MW is roughly equivalent to the capacity of two large power plants.
The total construction budget is around NOK 3 billion, also comprising two converter stations at Tjele in Viborg and Kristiansand in Norway. Costs are shared between the two companies.
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