Arup has entered a joint venture (JV) with German engineering outfit Fichtner to provide project services for a 1400MW UK-German electricity interconnector.
The NeuConnect Interconnector will directly link UK and German electricity grids for the first time.
The interconnector will link the Isle of Grain in Kent, England with the Wilhelmshaven region in Germany, with subsea cables travelling through British, Dutch, and German waters.
The JV will provide project and commercial management, SHEQ, and consenting oversight, as well as a comprehensive multidisciplinary technical team delivering an owner’s engineer/client representative role for the onshore and offshore elements of the project.
Ian Webb, associate director of advisory services at Arup, said: “We are excited to be working with Fichtner on the NeuConnect project.
“We recognise the strategic importance of this investment and both Arup and Fichtner are highly motivated to bring the best of our skills, capability and experience.
“This new delivery phase contract builds on the services provided during the successful development phase and is one of the significant energy projects Arup is supporting as we support the energy transition globally.”
When completed, NeuConnect will be one of the world’s longest interconnectors and the one of the first of its kind to be funded through a project financing arrangement.
Arnaud Grevoz, NeuConnect CEO, said: “The Arup – Fichtner Joint Venture will be an essential partner on the NeuConnect project, helping us manage the delivery of this vital new piece of energy infrastructure.
“As one of the world’s largest interconnectors, NeuConnect will be a complex project, so the skills and expertise of Arup and Fichtner will play a crucial role in delivering the project on-time, on-budget and to the highest quality.”
The interconnector is a privately financed project developed by a group of international investors that include Meridiam, Allianz Capital Partners, and Kansai Electric Power.
Image: Prysmian’s cable-laying ship ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ (Credit: Prysmian)
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