International Submarine Cable - A Breakthrough for NIRAS

Published: 05-01-2016

NIRAS and Intertek have been appointed by and National Grid Viking Link Ltd as Marine Consultants to support with the permitting of Viking Link, a proposed major international offshore infrastructure project linking electricity networks in Great Britain and Denmark.

Betina Heron, Executive Director for Environment and Energy in NIRAS says:

"NIRAS has been providing environmental consultancy services to the energy sector for 25 years. This contract reinforces our expertise in permitting and EIA for marine infrastructure across multiple jurisdictions and builds on our track record in offshore wind, ports and harbours".

The project is being jointly developed by, the Danish transmission system operator, and National Grid through its subsidiaries. Viking Link is a proposal to build a high voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector between Denmark and Great Britain using subsea and underground cables, which also crosses German and Dutch territories.

Currently at initial development stage, the interconnector is expected to be 600 to 700km in offshore cable length, and have a capacity of 1,400MW. It is scheduled to be operational in 2022.

As Marine Consultants, NIRAS and Intertek will have overall responsibility for the delivery of all consent application material to permit the installation of the submarine cables in all 4 territories - Danish, German, Dutch and British waters. The scope of services include: cable route optimisation, marine survey support and the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) and stakeholder engagement across all jurisdictions.

NIRAS and Intertek have extensive environmental and permitting expertise in the UK and Denmark. Further input support will be provided by Witteveen & Bos Consulting Engineers B.V and IFAO (Institute fur Angewandte Okosystemforshung GmbH) for specialist advice relating to Dutch and German waters.





Contact info

Betina Haugaard HeronBusiness Unit DirectorEnvironmentAarhusT: +45 8732 3356E: Send E-mail
Tim NormanManaging DirectorCambridgeT: +44 1223 803750E: Send E-mail
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