GE Vernova's Grid Solutions business and MYTILINEOS Energy & Metals have been awarded a £1 billion contract by National Grid Electricity Transmission and SP Transmission, part of SP Energy Networks (SPEN). The contract is for the United Kingdom's first high-capacity east coast subsea link.
Specifically, the GE Vernova–MYTILINEOS consortium will supply and construct two High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter stations for Eastern Green Link 1 (EGL1), a joint venture between National Grid Electricity Transmission and SP Transmission. This project will enable the transmission of renewable green energy to power more than two million homes across the UK.
The consortium will provide engineering works and technology for the two VSC HVDC converter stations, which form the terminals for the HVDC cable and convert the direct current to alternating current. The HVDC cable system is expected to be approximately 190km in length and utilize the latest VSC HVDC technology.
Design phase will begin in January 2024 and construction will begin in 2025.
Philippe Piron, President and CEO of GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions, expressed his excitement for the project, stating, “Together with our consortium partner MYTILINEOS, we are honored to have been awarded the HVDC contract for EGL1, one of the UK’s largest ever transmission projects. This critical project to the UK’s decarbonization and energy security efforts adds to a growing backlog of projects that are utilizing GE Vernova’s advanced HVDC technology.”