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Murphy wins Nemo interconnector contract

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Engineering and construction firm J. Murphy & Sons has been awarded a contract to develop the Nemo Link converter station and compound buildings in Kent.

Working in partnership with Siemens, Murphy’s power division has been appointed to work on the Nemo Link project – a joint venture scheme between National Grid Interconnectors and Belgian energy provider Elia, which will create an electrical interconnection between the UK and Belgium.

As part of the contract, Murphy will develop nine buildings at the 8h Nemo Link site.

“We are looking forward to working on what promises to be a hugely innovative project for the industry as a whole,” said Vincent Bowler, operations director for power at Murphy.

“We are appointing key personnel across our in-house power team, specialists in contracts of this nature, to ensure we deliver all the elements needed to make this international bi-directional project a success.”

Nemo Link’s high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector will have an approximate capacity of 1,000MW, allowing it to transfer electrical power via subsea cables between the UK and Belgium. The bi-directional power will flow in either direction at different times, depending on the supply and demand in each country.

Work is due to start this month and is expected to be completed next year, with Nemo Link scheduled for commercial operation by 2018.

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