Customers gained insight into our Brexit preparations and contingency planning at an event held at The Connaught Hotel in London on June 28.
Nemo Link and IFA hosted a joint Brexit Forum for their customers to share the latest thinking regarding systems and process implications and address any areas of concern.
Whilst “no deal” is not expected, any responsible business would need to consider the implications of all scenarios and this session explained how trade will continue, whatever the Brexit weather.
The presentation gave rise to some interesting questions and healthy discussion. If you weren’t able to make it, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an update.
Consultation period is now closed
This Consultation concerned the contractual framework for trading on the Nemo Link Interconnector and invited feedback from all potential customers and stakeholders ahead of submission to the relevant regulatory authorities for approval.
The consultation is now closed.
However, if you have any questions or would like to respond to the consultation, please contact us at email@example.com
Nemo Link specific proposals
The Consultation Document (download) sets out the whole framework
An event, solely dedicated to *Access Responsible Party contract participants (ARPs), was recently held at The Square Meeting Centre in Brussels on April 17.
Organised by Elia, the event covered a rich program of various ARP-related topics, Nick Pittarello, Client Relationship Manager Nemo Link, and Jean-Michel Reghem, Product Services Manager Elia, presented the latest Nemo Link project status and its future impact on the ARP-landscape to Belgium market participants.
*An ARP may be an electricity producer, a major consumer, an electricity supplier or a trader. They help maintain the balance between generation and consumption and must be appointed at every access point where energy injections or offtakes are performed.
Open Construction Sites Day – a unique chance to visit the Nemo Link converter station
Over a distance of 140 km and at depths up to 50 m, Elia, the Belgian high-voltage electricity transmission operator and its UK counterparty, National Grid, are working at the first electrical interconnection between Belgium and the UK: Nemo Link.
You are curious to learn more about these works and about the advantages of such an interconnection?
Come to the Nemo Link converter station in Bruges on Sunday 6th of May and discover how we convert alternating current into direct current and reverse.
The converter station is the landing point of the cables and there, the electricity is ‘prepared’ for the transportation between both countries. Learn more about the project here.
A walking tour with information panels and ‘good-to-know’ stories will take you through the stories of transformers, interconnectors and subsea cables.
Hereunder you can have a look at the tour:
We hope to see you there!
Sunday, 6th of May, from 10AM until 5PM (CET)
At the Herdersbrug Converter Station
Follow the signs to the car/(motor)cycle parking: Korte Gotevlietstraat 9, 8000 Brugge
Free shuttle service to the Converter Station
No need to sign up in advance
Belgian land cable delivered on site in West-Flanders
Several key cable work related milestones have been achieved in 2017 on the UK side. The land cable works UK are now almost completed and the submarine cable has been layed in the UK section.
The Belgian land cable works also started picking up pace and started early September!
The land cable itself has been shipped from the Port of Kinuura, located in the Aichi prefecture of Japan, on September 27th. After a long sail, it has arrived at the Port of Zeebrugge on November 20th, where the 32 cable drums containing the 2 times 8850m of land cable have been loaded out.
In the meantime, they have been delivered to site and are ready to be installed on the onshore route.
1,000,000 man hours without any lost time injuries
During September the Nemo Link project reached 1,000,000 man hours worked without incurring any lost time injuries to date!
Nemo Link’s SHESQ Manager, Craig Silcock, is happy to announce this very positive piece of news and comments:
“This is an excellent achievement considering the complexity and breadth of our project and is a direct result of the hard work, effort and safety focus from our team and that of our contractors, and demonstrates the world class safety standards that we uphold. We mustn’t allow this milestone to make us complacent however, and the completion of the construction phase in a safe manner remains a priority for all organisations involved.”
Nemo Link’s first 59km long 400kV HVDC submarine cables loaded on one of the Installation Vessels: the Maersk Connector
After multiple seabed surveys, the disposal of UXOs, the clearance of out of service cables, and diverse other seabed preparation activities, Nemo Link is now ready to start its cable installation activities with its contractor J-Power System –a division of Sumitomo Electric – and its subcontractor DeepOcean.
The first lot of cables, destined to be laid in the UK- and part of French waters, has arrived from Japan early August. Since then, it has stayed at the Port of Blyth, UK, to be loaded out from the cable transportation vessel to a cable installation vessel.
This load-out operation has successfully been achieved and the installation vessel, called Maersk Connector, is now on her way to Pegwell Bay (Kent, UK) where cable installation will commence shortly.
The cable laying works will be carried out by two vessels: The Maersk Connector and the BoDo Installer.
Once the Maersk Connector arrives at Pegwell Bay, it will transpool part of the cable (9km) to a cable installation barge, called the BoDo Installer. The BoDo installer will complete the shallow water lay and trench in the near shore area. It is anticipated the installation barge will then ground and the cable will be pulled out on the beach.
In the meantime, the Maersk Connector will start laying the cable in the offshore waters. The cable lay is operated at a speed of 350m per hour. Once laid, the cable will be buried by the trenching support vessel, Havila Phoenix and the T3200 subsea trencher. The trenching support vessel will follow the cable laying vessel to minimize the duration of exposed cable and the use of guard vessels.
The cable installation operations mobilize multiple vessels and lots of other resources. They are impressive to watch, and therefore Nemo Link will share many pictures in the coming weeks!
Public Information Event @ Ramsgate Royal Temple Yacht Club
A public information event has been organized in Ramsgate, on August 17th, to update locals on the construction progress of the Nemo Link interconnector.
We have been busy working on the construction of the UK and BE converter stations and electricity substations. On the UK side, we have been laying cables between the UK converter station site at Richborough and Pegwell Bay, through the country park. This had to be done before the trigger of the next phase of works: the submarine cable installation in the UK and part of French waters.
Before starting these critical operations, the Nemo team has judged it was important to share achievements and coming challenges with the stakeholders and populations in the UK.
The main topic of the information session has been survey and investigation works which were undertaken to assess the safety of the cable route – ensuring it is clear of obstruction and will not impact upon any artifacts of archeological importance. This work uncovered a number of items of archaeological interest and unexploded ordinance, and we have displayed information about our findings. Alongside that information, detailed explanation has been given on the next steps of the construction.
Members of the Nemo Link team were available throughout the event to answer any questions.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, or would like to discuss the Nemo Link interconnector in greater detail, please contact our community relations team on 0800 083 3149 (Monday to Friday between 9.00am – 5.00pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green lights on all permits for the Belgian onshore cable works
On a large project such as Nemo one of the main challenges/hurdles is obtaining all the necessary permits for the construction works.
After hard and consistent work, Nemo Link has now obtained all permits/planning permissions for the construction works related to the Belgian onshore cable route:
- Road permit;
- Building permit;
- Declaration of public use.
The Belgian onshore cable works can now start in September 2017 in line with planning.
For more information about the cable route:
The two cables for the 400KV DC Nemo Link will be installed in two parallel pipes over a distance of 8.850 m from the beach side of Zeebrugge to the new converter station in Herdersbrug.
The converter station, located at the Pathoekeweg 302 in Brugge is now in construction.
There are eight horizontal directional drills involved to cross the dune, nature reserve, roads and railway. The longest drill is 538,5 meters. The cables will be pulled through the pipes and interconnected in 15 joint pits.
On the 17th of March 2017 Nemo Link held a public information event in Richborough at the Baypoint Club.
The aim of the event was to give local stakeholders the opportunity to engage with the Nemo Link project members. Representatives of the Nemo team, the cable contractor, their construction partner and community consultation specialists were available to answer questions about the project and its benefits and also to explain the plans and the chronology of the land works to be completed in the region of Richborough.
In order to reach out to the population invitation letters (over 3000) were mailed to residents and local businesses. Relevant Portfolio Holders, Ward Councillors, Parish Councillors and site MPs were also invited to the event. Moreover, the event has been advertised in the ‘East Kent Mercury’ publication.
The Nemo team is grateful to those who attended the event as they have contributed to the development of the project. Interesting comments, questions and proposals have been brought up.
Making sure that the local stakeholders are well informed about the project and how the works will occur is a priority for Nemo Link.
Should you require further information on Nemo Link, please call 0800 083 3149 or email email@example.com
The following link gives access to the information that has been displayed on the exhibition boards on day of the event: