Engineering and professional services consultancy WSP, has been appointed by Eirgrid to provide consultancy services for the 576km cable, connecting Irish network near Cork to Brittany region of France, in one of Western Europe's longest and most challenging interconnector schemes.

The Irish Transmission System Operator, EirGrid, has awarded engineering and professional service consultancy, WSP, a contract to provide expert consultancy services for the development of a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnector.

The interconnector will provide 700MW of power between the Irish network, near Cork, to the Brittany region of western France, using a combination of underground and submarine cables which will link new HVDC converter stations in both countries.

The total cable distance of 575km, traversing Irish, British and French territorial waters makes this scheme one of the longest and most challenging in western Europe.

WSP’s Head of Power Networks and Project Director, Paul Glendinning, says: “We are very pleased to once again support EirGrid as technical advisers, in providing world-class expertise on such a challenging yet innovative scheme. WSP is actively supporting many HVDC interconnectors between the UK and neighbouring countries and is looking forward to working for EirGrid again as the project progresses.”

WSP had previously provided expert support to EirGrid for the development and construction of the 500MW East – West Interconnector (EWIC) between Ireland and Great Britain, which has been in operation since 2013.

WSP will work with EirGrid’s project team and liaise with its project partner, Reseau de Transport d’Électicité (RTE), to take the project forward to the award of contracts for the supply of the converter stations and cables.

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