Nexans has completed the installation of the first four cables of the NordLink high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea interconnector between Norway and Germany.
The two-thirds of the interconnection length has been installed with the cable-laying vessel C/S Nexans Skagerrak and trenched using the Nexans Capjet system.
Nexans said it is currently manufacturing the last two cables in its Halden plant, Norway, which will be installed according to plan in 2019.
Under a contract signed in 2015, Nexans is responsible for the design, production and installation of six 525kV mass-impregnated (MI) HVDC interconnector cables with a total length of around 700km.
NordLink is a joint project of the Norwegian Statnett and Germany’s DC Nordseekabel GmbH, a joint venture between TenneT and KfW.
The installation of the 623km long interconnector began in August 2017 with the first meters of cable laid on the seabed in Vollesfjord in Vest-Agder, Norway.
The project is slated for commissioning in 2019 and for commercial operation the year after.