Greenlink has appointed leading engineering consultant, WSP, to its €400m electricity interconnector linking Wales and Ireland - one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects.

The 500MW 200km high voltage direct current (HVDC) link is being developed by Greenlink Interconnector Limited, a subsidiary of Element Power, and is due to start construction in 2020.  The project is predicted to save Irish consumers around €800million over its lifetime, whilst also improving Great Britain’s access to Ireland’s significant renewable energy generation and increasing security of supply for both countries.

Greenlink will comprise 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 the Great Island substation in County Wexford to Freshwater West beach in Wales, before continuing to run underground to the Pembroke substation.

WSP will support Greenlink through the final cost and technical assessments for Ofgem and CRU and will run the procurement process for the entire HVDC system, including c. 205km of underground and submarine cable.

As Principal Designer and Project Supervisor Designer Stage, WSP will also ensure safety in design for those constructing, operating and maintaining the interconnector.

WSP Project Director, Dyan Stephenson said:

“Our experienced team has previously worked on both of the existing connections between Great Britain and Ireland” (Moyle Interconnector and the East-West Interconnector).

“We are delighted to be working with the Greenlink team and are pleased to continue our leading position in this market to ensure this major project is successfully delivered.”

Simon Ludlam, Greenlink’s Project Director, said;

“Greenlink represents significant inward investment at a local level on both sides of the Irish Sea, as well as supporting the UK and Ireland’s national energy security and low carbon strategies.  In awarding this contract to WSP we are pleased to be able to draw on their experience and expertise as we continue to progress the development of the project.”

Greenlink has been recognised as a Project of Common Interest by the European Union following support received from both the Irish and UK governments.  It has also received funding from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility.


For media enquiries please contact:

WSP:
enfys.bosworth@wsp.com  
+44 7966 394 315

Greenlink Interconnector Ltd:
anna.stanford@elpower.com
+44 7961 234634


Notes to Editors

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network. www.wsp.com/uk

Greenlink Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Element Power, a European based energy company that develops, acquires, builds, finances and operates large-scale renewable generation, interconnection and flexible grid services, including storage. Active in seven countries with a deep pipeline of projects in development, the Element Power group has extensive experience and a successful track record in delivering energy projects in the low carbon sector. Element Power also manages the operation of approximately 300MW of renewable energy assets for some of the leading investors in the sector.  www.elpower.com   www.greenlinkinterconnector.eu