Munich Siemens Energy has received a major order to build a power line from France to Ireland. The company will construct converter stations at the endpoints at Knockraha in southern Ireland and La Martyre in north-western France, it said on Friday. According to Siemens Energy, the volume of the order is in the mid three-digit million range. In industry circles, there is talk of almost half a billion.
The converter stations play an important role in the long-distance transmission in the 575-kilometer line through the Celtic Sea. They convert alternating current from the respective power grids into high-voltage direct current. This can be transported over long distances with fewer losses.
The stations allow a power flow of up to 700 megawatts. According to Siemens Energy, this corresponds to the supply of 450,000 households. The aim of the line project called Celtic Interconnector, which is due to be completed by 2026, is to connect the French and Irish power grids. In the future, Ireland could then import French electricity to secure the base load in the grid or export surplus renewable energy to Europe, the company said.
“We absolutely cannot afford to waste electricity from renewable energy sources,” said board member Tim Holt. “As Europe becomes more connected, consumers will benefit from a more open electricity market, greater energy security and lower electricity costs.”
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