Work starts in Bicker Fen on National Grid's Viking Link project
Construction work has started on a project to create the world's longest electricity interconnector.
National Grid’s Viking Link infrastructure project iscreating ahigh-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link between the UK and Denmark.
Siemens Energy Ltd is now starting working on constructing a 2.4km long access road to the Bicker Fen converter station site.
The permanent road will take nine months to complete and will enable access for the major construction equipment to the converter station and for operational vehicles to access the site once the converter station is completed in 2023.
Once completed by the end of 2023, the €2 billion subsea electricity cable will have the capacity to be able to supply renewable energy to power one and a half million UK homes. By 2030, 90% of electricity imported via National Grid’s interconnectors will be from zero carbon sources.
The 1.4 GW high voltage electricity interconnector will be the longest in the world when completed, stretching 765km subsea and onshore connecting from Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, UK and Revsing in South Jutland, Denmark to enable clean energy to be shared.
Viking Link project is a joint venture between National Grid Ventures, part of National Grid, and the Danish electricity system owner and operator, Energinet.
Mike Elmer, Viking Link Project Director for National Grid Ventures said: “We’ve already completed the initial groundwork with archeological and ecological surveys as well as water works studies, however this is a key construction milestone for the project.
"Viking Link will play a vital role in helping to decarbonise the UK’s power supply on the journey to a net zero carbon energy system. It will enable access to a cleaner greener supply of electricity, which will make energy more secure and affordable for consumers.”
Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, said:"This major construction project will put Lincolnshire firmly at the heart of our economic recovery. Not only will this scheme create local green-collar jobs across the county, but it will also bolster our energy security, reduce bills for consumers, and give our home-grown renewable generators a greater chance to export zero-carbon electricity around the world.”