Milestone reached in interconnector project

A major milestone has been reached in the North Sea Link Interconnector project.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 9:00 am
A North Sea Link transformer on its way from Port of Blyth to be installed at the Converter Site in Cambois.

Seven new electrical transformers have been delivered from the Port of Blyth to the Converter Station Site at Cambois.

The €2billion Interconnector project – a partnership between National Grid and Statnett – will connect the electricity transmission systems between the UK and Norway through 720 kilometres of subsea cables.

The pioneering project will make Cambois home to what will be the world’s longest subsea electricity cable, enabling both countries to trade power and helping to ensure safe, secure and affordable energy supplies.

The transformers, weighing around 220 tonnes each, were manufactured in Sweden by ABB Transformers Ludvika and shipped 1,500 miles to Blyth.

Mike James, site manager at North Sea Link in Cambois, said: “Transporting electrical equipment of this size and scale requires months of advanced planning and consideration.

“The oversized load set off from Sweden by rail and arrived at the Port of Blyth at the end of last year where they’ve remained in storage whilst work progressed on site.

“Their arrival at Cambois is a big milestone for the project and the transformers will play a huge role in transporting clean, green renewable energy between the UK and Norway, allowing the UK to bring in enough clean energy to power up to 1.4 million homes from 2021.”

For more information on the project visit www.northsealink.com