New HVDC link to connect Ireland and Wales
Element Power’s subsidiary Greenlink Interconnector has selected engineering consultant WSP for its interconnector project linking Ireland and Wales.
The project is a proposed 500 MW, 200 km high voltage direct current (HVDC) link which will see an investment of €400 million and is due to begin construction in 2020, reports Compelo.
The project will include a converter station at each end, connected by two electricity cables and a fibre optic cable. The cables will run underground and under the sea from Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland to Freshwater West beach in Wales, before continuing to run underground to the Pembroke substation.
The interconnector is estimated to save Irish consumers around €800 million over its lifetime, while also improving Great Britain’s access to Ireland’s renewable energy generation.