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Viking Link starts works on Converter Station

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Viking Link starts works on Converter Station

Viking Link associates with Siemens Energy to start construction works at Bicker Fen, Lincolnshire. Viking as the National Grid’s firms will achieve a new feat with net zero carbon on its UK convertor station.

The partnership with Siemens Energy is the lead contractor for the 1400 megawatt interconnector while working with Viking. Siemens will supply the technology to enable the direct sharing of clean electricity between the UK and Denmark.

Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) will be converted using a converter station. AC is used in each country’s transmission system. DC is used for sending electricity long distances along the subsea cables.

Denmark will be witnessing a similar converter station that will be constructed at the other end of the interconnector. The converter station will be 300m2, the equivalent of around 12 football pitches.

The station will house state-of-the-art High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) PLUS technology. This enables the export and import of energy to and fro through Denmark covered with 765-kilometer subsea and underground cable.

The UK side of work started to build a new access road and bridge over the Hammond Beck waterway, in July 2020. This will enable access for major construction equipment with the new permanent infrastructure installed.

The convertor station equipment is useful and for operational vehicles to access the site. The station is expected to be completed in 2023 that reduces traffic through Bicker Village. Besides, there are around 60 people working on the site.

The station construction works in Lincolnshire is a major milestone in connecting the British and Danish electricity systems for the project as it will play a key role. Viking Link will set out a sustainable, secure, and affordable supply of electricity for customers in the UK and Denmark. This will be happening by connecting the two countries grids.

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