NKT awarded high-voltage power cables order for Viking Link interconnector project

Source: press release, 23 July 2019

NKT is a global power cable provider with extensive experience within high-voltage cable systems to both on- and offshore projects
NKT is a global power cable provider with extensive experience within high-voltage cable systems to both on- and offshore projects (photo: NKT)

NKT has been awarded a contract of approximately EUR 90 million by Energinet and National Grid, the owners of Viking Link. The contract comprises supply of approx. 150 kilometres of 525 kV MI high-voltage DC onshore power cables for the Viking Link interconnector project, connecting the Danish and British transmission grids.

The power cable system, not comprising civil works, delivered by NKT constitutes the 75 km connection (approximate) of the project from Danish shore to the power grid substation in Revsing, southern Jutland.

The contract value of EUR 90 million, corresponds to approx. EUR 75 million in standard metal prices and is conditional upon procurement and contract finalisation, which is expected during Q3 2019.

NKT Interim CEO Roland M. Andersen says, “I am pleased that we are selected as power cables supplier to Viking Link, which is a key project for the North-European transformation towards renewable energy supplies. The award is a recognition of our technological competences also in the growing extra high-voltage interconnector segment from Energinet and National Grid.”

The NKT power cables will be manufactured in Karlskrona, Sweden, with production start expectedly in 2020. This project award does not change the 2019 financial outlook for NKT.

When completed, Viking Link will be a 760 km long DC interconnector line between Revsing in southern Jutland, Denmark and Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, UK. Being able to balance wind production and demand across countries and closer integration between transmission grids is important for the efficient transition towards a green energy future. Implementation of Viking Link is a vital step towards achieving ambitious renewable targets in both Denmark and the UK. The interconnector line is expected to be fully commissioned in 2023.