The link connects the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth using world-leading and well established HVDC cable technology from NKT with a minimal visual impact. It has the capacity to carry up to 1,200 MW (megawatt) of electricity – equivalent to the electricity needs of about two million people.
The installation of the 113 km long submarine cable system in the ploughed trench in the seabed was the maiden project of our purpose-built cablelaying vessel NKT Victoria. It can hold 9,000 tons of power cable and offers state-of-the-art cable-laying capability. In-house marine engineering and cable technology engineering facilitated an efficient installation operation with the cable integrity in focus and thereby reducing risks. The vessel´s dynamic positioning (DP3) and remotely operated vehicles featuring cameras and sonar enabled high-precision installation of the cable in the trench. The successful first installation was a true milestone both for the project and for us.
The transmission link benefits from our five-year cable service agreement, including for example 24/7 phone support, training, remote access and spare parts and facility management.
It is fulfilling for us at NKT to support this major transmission project that will enable the integration of more renewable energy and supply clean, emissionfree electricity to millions of people.