Intertek and NIRAS have been appointed as marine consultants for the Viking Link Interconnector, a 700km subsea cable linking UK and Danish electricity networks.
The project being developed by National Grid, via National Grid Viking Link Limited, and Danish transmission system operator Energinet, aims to build a high voltage direct current interconnector using undersea cables. The project would also cross Germany and the Netherlands.
The interconnector is expected to be 600km to 700km in offshore cable length and have a capacity of 1,400MW. Viking Link is scheduled to be operational in 2022.
The job of the marine consultants will be to deliver the consent application materials to get the necessary permits for installation in the waters of all four countries. The work includes cable route optimisation, marine survey support, preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA), and stakeholder engagement across all jurisdictions.
NIRAS executive director for environment and energy Betina Heron said: “NIRAS has been providing environmental consultancy services to the energy sector for 25 years. This contract reinforces our expertise in permitting and EIA for marine infrastructure across multiple jurisdictions and builds on our track-record in offshore wind, ports and harbours.”