Engineering firm Sweco will help design two high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations for the Nemo Link project, which involves building an interconnector cable between the UK and Belgium.
Contractor Siemens appointed Sweco Belgium – which worked closely with Sweco UK for the design of the Richborough HVDC converter station – as an engineering partner for the work. The start of the commercial operations is planned for early 2019.
The Nemo Link between the UK and Belgium will allow both countries to improve their security of supply, increase electricity trading between the UK and Europe and facilitate renewables integration.
The two HVDC stations – one in Herdersbrug near Bruges, Belgium and the other in Richborough, UK – will have a transmission voltage of more than 400kVDC. The contract includes service and maintenance for five years.