High-voltage power line between France and Britain begins active power transfers

High-voltage power line between France and Britain begins active power transfers

A new high-voltage power line between France and Britain started active power transfers on Monday that will last until the beginning of December, French grid operator RTE said.

The Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2 (IFA-2) is the second direct current connection between France and Britain, increasing the transport capacity by 1,000 megawatts (MW).

Current power transfers range up to 100 MW, Elexon data showed.

“With the testing of a new asset, issues may be identified, and the plan may be modified accordingly,” RTE said on its website on Saturday, adding that they will publish details of planned flows for each following day.

The line was initially scheduled to be in service in the third-quarter of this year and has remained on schedule as of the last update.

Britain already has sub-sea electricity interconnectors linking France, Ireland and the Netherlands, but plans to build several more to increase its supply options as older coal and nuclear plants close.

Under European Union regulations, revenues generated by power transmission operators must be used to guarantee availability and reinvested to increase interconnection capacity.

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Powersystems Electrical Cable Installation Works Contract For World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Dogger Bank

Powersystems Electrical Cable Installation Works Contract For World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Dogger Bank

Powersystems has announced they has been awarded the electrical cable installation works contract for Dogger Bank Wind Farm by Jones Bros Civil Engineering, one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, headquartered in Ruthin, North Wales.

Powersystems have been appointed to construct the 2.4 Gigawatt (GW) Dogger Bank wind farm A and B onshore cable route. The site will be located over 130 km of the coast of North East England and will be “capable” of powering up to 4.5 million homes each year when complete in 2026.

In September 2019 Powersystems were awarded and completed the design contract to design the 320 kV HVDC on shore cable route, and the 400 kV cable route for Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor (formerly Statoil) and is made up of three offshore wind farm sites in the North Sea:  Dogger Bank A (1.2 GW),   Dogger Bank B (1.2 GW) and Dogger Bank C (1.2 GW).   All three sites were successful in the UK’s September 2019 Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions.

The 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm project, this project has already been over a decade in the making.

Powersystems will be installing the onshore cable infrastructure for the Dogger Bank A, and Dogger Bank B sites. The works will also involve logistics with delivering 192 cable drums. (120 KM of HVDC cable and approx. 24 km of 400 kV cable)

The onshore infrastructure includes the installation of approximately 20 miles of electrical cables within ducts. The ducts will be installed within trenches and where required via drilling under existing infrastructure and natural obstacles.

The completed onshore cable will transport the power generated by the two offshore wind farm sites, Dogger Bank A, and Dogger Bank B from the landfall point at Ulrome to the new convertor stations (one per project) in the South of Beverley. The cable route will connect to the existing National Grid substation at Creyke Beck, Cottingham.

GE Renewable Energy Ltd, has confirmed it has received the worlds single biggest order for wind turbines. The agreement includes the purchase of 190 units of the Haliade-X wind turbines with a 5-year service and warranty agreement.

The Dogger Bank project will the first in the world to feature the 13 MW rated turbine, it will have 107m long blades, 220 m rotor. One spin of the Haliade-X wind turbine can generate enough electricity to power a UK household for 2 days.

Chris Jenkins, Managing Director of Powersystems, said: ‘The Powersystems team are incredibly pleased to work again, with one of the UK’ leading civil engineering contractors, Jones Bros as they commence construction and start delivering Dogger Bank. This will be our 43rd  project over the last 6 years with Jones Bros and is testament to our quality partnership in our joint effort in delivering support to what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.’

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will play a critical role in the UK’s effort to achieve net-zero through the use of low-carbon fuel sources.

The full works are expected to take approximately two years to complete.

Experience in the design and installation of high voltage electrical infrastructure has placed Powersystems in a position ideally suited to carry out the onshore  design and cable installation for offshore windfarms. Recently completed projects include; The Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm which is a 348 MW offshore wind farm located on the west coast of the UK in the Irish Sea. It consists of an original 90 MW wind farm commissioned in 2007 and a 258 MW extension completed in 2017. As well as Race Bank Wind Farm, which was a 573 MW Round 2 offshore wind farm located 27 km north of Blakeney Point off the coast of Norfolk. The farm was commissioned in February 2018.

Since Powersystems first wind farm installation at Goonhilly Downs in 1992 they have been actively involved with wind farm projects ranging from single turbines to 60 plus turbine sites. Powersystems engineers are experienced in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of wind farm switchgear, transformers, cable infrastructure, earth systems and SCADA cabling, enabling the complete installation to be carried out.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another example of UK leading the world in the generation of #greenenergy and helping to get closer to reaching #zeroemission targets. The future looks bright.

Notes To Editors Contact Information – This article is written by Jules Daly, Marketing and Communications Manager at Powersystems UK. Email jules.daly@powersystemsuk.com Telephone 01454 318000

About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Consent was granted in 2015, located in the North Sea water depth ranges from 20m to 35m
  • Creyke Beck A and B are approximately 130km from the Yorkshire Coast, with Teesside A located approximately 200km offshore
  • Each project will have an installed capacity of 1.2 GW and will be able to power 1.5 million homes. Together, the projects can generate approximately 5% of the UK’s estimated electricity demand
  • The first project is expected to achieve first power in 2023
  • The Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) will be 12+ MW
  • The WTGs will be installed on monopile foundations
  • The transmission system will be High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) due to long distance to grid connection point.
  • The Contract for Difference is a 15-year contract which will be indexed for inflation. The strike price will be paid for every MWh generated by the wind farms during the contract. After the CfD contract ends, the projects will receive the market price for electricity

About Powersystems:

Powersystems UK Ltd are a specialist High Voltage electrical engineering company established in 1977.  Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a major force in the design and installation of high voltage infrastructure up to 132 kV across the whole of the United Kingdom. We support and deliver Greener Power Solutions for diverse renewable energy clients.

About SSE Renewables:

SSE Renewables is the leading renewable energy company across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, its strategy is to drive the transition to a zero-carbon future through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets. SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of onshore wind capacity with over 1GW under development. Its 1,450MW hydro portfolio includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro. Its offshore wind portfolio consists of 580MW across three offshore sites, two of which it operates on behalf of its joint venture partners. SSE Renewables has the largest offshore wind development pipeline in the UK and Ireland at over 7GW.

About Equinor:

Equinor is developing as a broad energy company, building a material position in renewable energy. Equinor now powers more than one million European homes with renewable offshore wind from four offshore wind farms in the United Kingdom and Germany. Equinor is building material offshore wind clusters in the UK, the US North East and in the Baltics. The company commissioned the world’s first floating offshore wind farm in 2017 off the coast of Scotland and is positioned for future floating wind options in several geographies, including UK, Norway and Asia.

About Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK:

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros’ leadership team consists of members of the second and third generations of the founding family. It employs more than 350 people. As well as renewable energy projects, the company is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highways, flood and marine defence, and waste management around the UK.

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TenneT launches 2 GW cable project

TenneT launches 2 GW cable project

TenneT has contracted an international group of cable suppliers to develop a new 2 GW submarine cable connection for offshore wind projects planned off the Dutch and German coasts.

The grid operator has contracted eight producers of subsea cables to deliver the project, which will deploy a 525kV high-voltage distributed current (HVDC) extruded submarine cable system with a 2GW connection.

The project will result in a certified cable system which TenneT will initially apply in the IJmuiden Ver offshore wind area in the Dutch North Sea, and the BalWin and LanWin projects off the German coast.

The system will be ready for deployment in early 2022. Using 525kV HVDC technology will reduce costs and minimise spatial impact, TenneT said.

Participating suppliers are Hellenic Cables, based in Greece, LS Cable & System, in South Korea, Nexans, in Norway, Sweden-based NKT HV Cables, Prysmian, in Italy, Japan-based Sumitomo Electric Industries and Chinese supplies Ningbo Orient Wires & Cables and Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable (ZTT).

Around 40% of the Netherlands’ electricity will come from offshore wind farms by 2030 and TenneT will develop the grid connections for these wind farms.

Alongside the 700 MW of alternate current (AC) grid connections already planned, two 2GW offshore grid connections will be built in the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area.

Three additional 2 GW offshore grid connections in the LanWin and Balwin area will increase TenneT’s offshore grid connection capacity in Germany to more than 17 GW by 2030.

TenneT offshore projects director Marco Kuijpers said: “It is very positive to see that multiple international cable suppliers are participating in this programme. It shows that the sector is keen to innovate together to produce a new standard for submarine cable systems substantially reducing costs for society.”

The new, certified system will connect a 2 GW platform and a land station. To transport the required 2 GW power, a submarine cable system operating at a voltage level 525kV DC with extruded insulation will be developed.

The eight cable suppliers will develop and test the cable system within the timeframe for the 2 GW projects. TenneT will be in close contact with them during the entire process.

TenneT expects that the development of the 525 kV DC submarine cable system will result in a certified cable system in spring 2022.

TenneT said the bundled installation will achieve “significant” cost reductions, through reduced installation and dredging expenditure as the cables will be put in a single trench.The system will also reduce the number of platforms and land stations.

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What is a District Network Operator

What is a District Network Operator

DNO: Distribution Network Operators in the UK

A short guide to electricity distribution companies and what they do

This guide is intended to provide general guidance only. It is not intended to give you advice on your personal financial circumstances. You should seek independent professional advice if you’re unsure about anything mentioned in this guide or what choices to make.

A Distribution Network Operator is a company licensed to distribute electricity in the UK. These companies own and operate the system of cables and towers that bring electricity from the national transmission network to our homes and businesses.

Unlike the widely known Big Six energy companies that sell electricity to consumers, many of the leading distribution companies are largely unknown to the public. In this guide we’ll look at what they do and who they are.

What is a Distribution Network Operator (DNO)?

Although most people in the UK are familiar with the energy company they buy their electricity from, they actually rely on four types of companies to keep the lights on. These companies make up the UK power network:

  • Generation: power plant ownership and operation
  • Transmission: operate high voltage transmission networks
  • Distribution: operate local distribution via towers, cables and meters
  • Suppliers: electricity sellers like the Big Six and OVO energy

The company that is responsible for the distribution of electricity from the national transmission grid to your home or business is the Distribution Network Operator, or DNO. These are the people you should call if there is a power cut as they are responsible for the network of towers, transformers, poles, cables and meters that deliver power to your home. If you are experiencing a power cut call 105, this is free from most landline and mobile numbers and will put you straight through to your District Network Operator.

DNO regions and operators

In Great Britain there are 14 different district networks or DNO regions. However, because these 14 regions are managed by just six operators, it is relatively simple to work out who yours is.

The map below from the Energy Networks Association provides a good visual idea of where they operate. If you are looking to work out who your DNO is then check the map; contact details follow in the table below.

Who is my District Network Operator?

The map above should give you a good idea as to who you Distribution Network Operator is. If you’d like to contact them check out the details below from the ENA:

UK District Network Operators
Area (code) Company Emergency No. Website Twitter account
North Scotland (17) SSE Power Distribution 0800 300 999 www.ssepd.co.uk @southernelecPD
Central and Southern Scotland (18) SP Energy Networks 0800 092 9290 www.spenergynetworks.co.uk @SPEnergyNetwork
North East England (15) Northern Powergrid 0800 668 877 www.northernpowergrid.com @Northpowergrid
North West England (16) Electricity North West 0800 195 4141 www.enwl.co.uk @ElectricityNW
Yorkshire (23) Northern Powergrid 0800 375 675 www.northernpowergrid.com @Northpowergrid
Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire (13) SP Energy Networks 0800 001 5400 www.spenergynetworks.co.uk @SPEnergyNetwork
East Midlands, West Midlands, South Wales & South West England (11, 14, 21, 22) Western Power Distribution 0800 6783 105 www.westernpower.co.uk @wpduk
Eastern England (10) UK Power Networks 0800 783 8838 www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk @UKPowerNetworks
Southern England (20) SSE Power Distribution 0800 072 7282 www.ssepd.co.uk @southernelecPD
London (12) UK Power Networks 0800 028 0247 www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk @UKPowerNetworks
South East England (19) UK Power Networks 0800 783 8866 www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk @UKPowerNetworks
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Electricity 0345 764 3643 www.nie.co.uk @NIElectricity

 

District Network Operator solar connection

Whenever you connect a form of electricity generation to the grid, you need to inform your local Distribution Network Operator (DNO). In general this is not a big issue, but you should be aware that your responsibilities are different depending on the size of the system you are looking at. Any installer registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme should be well aware of these details, but it’s worth being clear yourself:

Smaller systems: If you are connecting a small system (up to 16A per phase or 3.7 kW), then your installer just needs to inform the DNO with 28 days of the system’s commissioning. Such small systems are unlikely to result in load issues for the local grid, so the regulation is relatively simple. For more details consult this guide on the G83/2engineering recommendation.

Larger systems: For bigger systems your installer will need to get permission from the DNO in order to connect to the grid. In many cases this will require a network study (which you may be charged for) to ensure that the local grid network is adequate for the power your system will produce. If the grid needs additional work to cope with the energy from your system, the DNO is required to provide you with a quote for the work within 45 days.

 

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High Voltage Cables Market Value to Hit $29 Billion by 2025

High Voltage Cables Market Value to Hit $29 Billion by 2025

High Voltage Cables Market Value to Hit $29 Billion by 2025

The utility aided high voltage cables market surpassed an annual installation of over 30,000 km in 2018 and is set to achieve significant CAGR from 2019 to 2025 owing to the adoption of grid connected renewable infrastructure.

The U.S. high voltage cables market has observed a positive technological prospect on account of the increased spending towards the enhancement of long-distance transmission infrastructure. The U.S. DOE, in 2017 allocated USD 10 billion to improve the existing electric network with an aim to reduce the curtailment rate across the western transmission infrastructure. Rising focus toward the re-establishment of conventional electrical devices with advanced high-quality products will further drive the HV cables market.

The worldwide high voltage cables market exceeded an annual installation of over 40,000 km in 2018 supported by refurbishment & retrofit of existing grid infrastructure.

50 kV – 110 kV high voltage cables market have gained significant impetus on account of large-scale commercial development and refurbishment of small-scale industries across emerging countries. In addition, suburban migration has further led to the integration of large multi-storey apartments and residential complexes which in turn will strengthen the product penetration. Increasing dependency on large-scale industries which include power generation and manufacturing facilities has further complement the HV cables market share.

Utility aided high voltage cables market surpassed an annual deployment of over 30’000 km in 2018. Incorporation of grid connected sustainable energy network along with decentralized micro-grid infrastructure leads to the demand for technically effective circuitry devices to bear the infusion of volatile frequency networks. Henceforth, developers and manufacturers across the industry have significantly been investing to instigate smart monitoring, performance and control units.

Global high voltage cables market set to exceed USD 29 Billion by 2025, as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights, Inc. In the recent years, the power transmission industry has observed an upsurge owing to the rising demand for efficient T&D control systems. Growing refurbishment demand of existing electrical setup along with increasing investments towards transmission grid enhancement will stimulate the HV cables market. Moreover, lack of effective electric infrastructure across the emerging nations coupled with inclination toward the advancement of prevailing infrastructure across developed economies have further infused a favorable business scenario.

Introduction of advanced overhead, underground and submarine cable technologies has integrated a sustainable business scenario. Suppliers & manufacturers have consistently been restructuring their R&D fund allocation to advance product portfolios in addition, fresh investments from leading participants to incorporate a versatile technological platform will augment the high voltage cables market share. Moreover, positive consumer inclination toward the deployment of these units with an aim to secure the environment & overall life expectancy of the electric infrastructure will foster the industry outlook.

Prominent high voltage cables market players include ZTT, NKT, Elsewedy, Prysmian, Sumitomo, Nexans, LS Cables, Sterlite Power, Furukawa Electric, KEI, Taihan Electric, Gupta Power, APAR, ABB, KEC, Alfanar, Kelani Cables, Southwire and Riyadh Cables.

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Parc Adfer Waste-to-Energy Facility

Parc Adfer Waste-to-Energy Facility

Powersystems announce Wheelabrator Parc Adfer Waste-to-Energy Facility High Voltage Package Joint Venture (JV) with Mitsubishi Electric Europe

High Voltage Package Joint Venture Announced Wheelabrator Parc Adfer Waste-to-Energy Facility

Powersystems UK are pleased to announce a JV with Mitsubishi Electric Europe regarding a High Voltage (HV) package for an energy recovery facility at Parc Adfer in Wrexham.

Parc Adfer is an waste-to-energy facility

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer is an waste-to-energy facility which will generate 19 MW(gross)/17 MW(net) of clean, sustainable electricity to power local homes and businesses. Once operational in 2019, Parc Adfer will be able to process up to 200,000 tonnes per year of post-recycled waste, generating enough renewable energy to meet the needs of over 30,000 home. The facility will also generate steam which can be used to provide a useful power source for adjacent homes and businesses.

In 2014, Wheelabrator Technologies was selected as preferred bidder to build and operate the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer waste-to-energy facility over the next 25 years as a public-private partnership (PPP), with support from the Welsh Government to serve the five local authorities that make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP). These authorities are Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council, Gwynedd Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Parc Adfer Waste-to-Energy Facility

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer waste-to-energy facility will treat post-recycled waste to create energy and recyclables. It will also deliver jobs and a range of economic benefits for the area. Post-recycled waste fuel for the facility will be provided primarily by the five authorities, which initiated the procurement to achieve long-term targets for recycling and diversion of waste from landfill. A further long-term contract is in place with a top tier waste management company, ensuring that over 70 percent of the facility’s fuel supply is hedged at fixed prices. The remaining capacity at the facility will be offered to commercial waste collection companies.

Parc Adfer Waste-to-Energy Facility Meeting Welsh Government Targets

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer waste-to-energy facility will help the five local authorities meet the Welsh Government’s 2025 municipal waste and recycling targets, that is: to recycle 70 percent and send no more than five percent to landfill. Metals and aggregate are recovered from the facility’s bottom ash and will improve the Partnership’s recycling rates by around seven percent. Throughout the life of the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer facility, this could amount to over a million tonnes of aggregate and 60,000 tonnes of metals.

Quick Facts

  • Hundreds of jobs created during the construction phase
  • An estimated 35 new full-time jobs created when operational
  • Clean, sustainable energy generated for more than 30,000 homes (or enough power for a town nearly four times the size of Connah’s Quay)
  • Funding for local communities totalling £230,000 a year
  • Multiple supply chain opportunities for local businesses

 The benefits

The development of Wheelabrator Parc Adfer Waste-to-Energy Facility will support:

  • UK Government and European best practice targets to recover energy from post-recycled material for use in heat and power schemes
  • Reduce greenhouse gases by preventing methane release from landfill and reducing the need for fossil fuels
  • Reduced reliance on fossil fuels
  • Recycling of metals from ash
  • Ash which can be used as a replacement for primary aggregates in the construction sector
  • Use of materials that might otherwise go to landfill or export to Europe
  • Creation of hundreds of construction jobs and an estimated 35 new full time roles when operational
  • Additional employment and supply chain opportunities for the area

Current status

Planning consent was granted by Flintshire County Council in May 2015. Natural Resources Wales granted the facility an environmental permit in October 2015.

Full construction work on the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer waste-to-energy facility commenced in December 2016 and the facility is expected to commence operations in 2019.

Facility Site location

The site is located on the Deeside Enterprise Zone (DEZ) on the Deeside Industrial Park next to the Shotton Paper Mill. The DEZ is specifically allocated for employment use and is also identified as being suitable for a range of waste management uses, including energy recovery facilities such as Wheelabrator Parc Adfer.

How Waste-To-Energy Works

Waste-to-energy is recognised as having an important role in the reduction of greenhouse gases both through reduced emissions of landfill methane and offset of power generation from fossil fuels. In addition Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will recycle the ash for use in aggregates and recover metals for recycling. Modern EfWs are sophisticated facilities which safely and effectively convert heterogeneous waste materials into clean, renewable energy and useful by-products, while sustainably powering communities and protecting the environment.

Combustion – The waste material moves through a thermal (heating) process, where temperatures exceed 1110°C

High Pressure Steam -Heat from the combustion process heats water in boiler tubes to create high-pressure steam

Electricity Production – Plant turbines generate electricity that is sold to the National Grid Network to power homes and businesses

Metals Recovery – Additional metals are removed from the ash, which are sold and recycled into new products.

Ash Recycling – Bottom ash produced by Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will be recovered and reused as a secondary aggregate by the construction industry.

Air Quality Control – Gas passes through a fabric filter where particulates and remaining pollutants are removed. We will also adhere to strict limits on the creation of noise and odour by holding the facility under negative air pressure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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