Viking Link Interconnector Project appoints Balfour Beatty

Following plans to establish the Viking Link Interconnector Project, which will see to the provision of energy from Denmark to Great Britain, the construction and civil engineering company Balfour Beatty has been appointed to a £90M, four-year contract to deliver civil engineering and installation works.

As part of the Viking Link Interconnector Project, Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the installation of 68km of cabling in Lincolnshire at will connect Denmark to Great Britain via the National Grid’s Bicker Fen substation, with the total project requiring the installation of 765km of cabling in Denmark, Britain, and across the North Sea.

Furthermore, the Viking Link Project itself is a joint venture between the British National Grid and the Danish energy provider Energinet, with the purpose of the project being to assist Great Britain in achieving its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission and Distribution Business, Ian Currie stated: “We are delighted to be contributing to this landmark project which will support the Government’s carbon reduction target and provide numerous homes across Great Britain with access to sustainable electricity.

“Our expert teams have years of experience and in-depth knowledge in delivering complex high voltage cabling projects and we look forward to providing National Grid and Energinet with a comprehensive solution which will ensure safe and efficient delivery.”

The Viking Link Project Director for National Grid Ventures, Mike Elmer added: “This contract is a major milestone in the next part of the project. We’re pleased to be working with Balfour Beatty, who will deliver the onshore cable installation section of the Viking Link Interconnector between landfall site at Sandilands and the Converter Station at Bicker Fen.

“Viking Link will enable Great Britain to import and export electricity; provide a secure supply of affordable electricity and play a vital role in helping to decarbonise the UK’s power supply on our journey to a net zero carbon energy system.”

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