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Siemens awarded £1bn cable contract

Siemens has been awarded a £1 billion contract for the construction of the first sub-sea electricity link between Scotland and England.

The 261-mile line will run from Hunterston in Ayrshire to a landing point on the Wirral peninsula and will have a 2,200 megawatt (MW) capacity.

The development, which will also include cable manufacturer Prysmian, will also be the first sub-sea link ever using a direct current voltage level of 600 kilovolts (kV), which will increase the link’s capacity and lead to lower transmission losses.

National Grid executive director Nick Winser said: “This link will have a vital role to play in meeting both the country’s energy needs and helping to address the problem of climate change.

“We are investing in an innovative solution using the most advanced technology. As a result, the benefits for consumers and electricity generators in being able to transport power in the most efficient way will be felt for years to come.”

The energy firms said that it will also be the first sub-sea link ever using a direct current voltage level of 600 kilovolts (kV), which will increase the link’s capacity and lead to lower transmission losses.

It is planned to be fully operational by 2016.