WSP has been appointed to a €400M (£352M) electricity interconnector scheme between Wales and Ireland.
The engineering consultant will develop the final cost and technical assessments for the Greenlink project. WSP will also run the procurement process for the 500MW, 200km high voltage direct current (HVDC) link before construction begins in 2020.
Two electricity cables and a fibre optic cable will run under the sea between the Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland to Freshwater West beach in Wales before continuing underground to the Pembroke substation.
WSP project director Dyan Stephenson said: “Our experienced team has previously worked on both of the existing connections between Great Britain and Ireland [Moyle Interconnector and the East-West Interconnector.]
“We are delighted to be working with the Greenlink team and are pleased to continue our leading position in this market to ensure this major project is successfully delivered.”
Greenlink’s project director Simon Ludlam added: “Greenlink represents significant inward investment at a local level on both sides of the Irish Sea, as well as supporting the UK and Ireland’s national energy security and low carbon strategies. In awarding this contract to WSP we are pleased to be able to draw on their experience and expertise as we continue to progress the development of the project.”
The project is predicted to save Irish consumers around €800M over its lifetime, while also improving Great Britain’s access to Ireland’s renewable energy generation and increasing security of supply for both countries.
Greenlink has been recognised as a Project of Common Interest by the European Union following support received from both the Irish and UK governments. It has also received funding from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility.
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