The Nemo Link project is a joint venture between National Grid Interconnectors and Belgium's electricity transmission system operator, Elia, to create an electrical interconnection between the UK and Belgium. The cables will run 130km on the seabed from Pegwell Bay at Richborough in Kent to Zeebrugge in Belgium. Siemens has the contract for the converter stations; Sumitomo subsidiary J-Power has the cable contract.
Murphy’s power division has an established relationship with Siemens, having worked together on National Grid substations and other projects. Murphy will work with Siemens to develop nine buildings at the eight-hectare Nemo Link compound in Kent.
Vincent Bowler, operations director for power at Murphy, said: “We are looking forward to working on what promises to be a hugely innovative project for the industry as a whole. 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.”
Paul Tooth, head of interconnectors at Siemens, said: “We have selected Murphy as our partner for this prestigious project and look forward to working with them again, to build upon our previously successful collaborations in the UK energy market.”
Nemo Link’s high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector will have an approximate capacity of 1,000 megawatts to transfer electrical power via subsea cables between the UK and Belgium. Power will be able to flow in either direction at different times, depending on the supply and demand in each country.
Murphy begins work this month and is expected to be completed next year, with Nemo Link scheduled for commercial operation by 2018.