Jan De Nul Group is to supply and install a 33kV interconnecting cable between mainland Scotland and the Orkney island of Hoy.

The deal, which was signed in November last year with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, will help strengthen the local distribution grid.

Image of Jan De Nul's cable-laying vessel connector

Source: Jan De Nul Group

Cable-laying vessel connector will install the Pentland Firth interconnector between Orkney Island of Hoy and Scotland

The scope of the contract includes the supply and installation of approximately 36 km of 33kV subsea cable and associated installation accessories and protection measures. A further 7 km of spare cable will also be supplied to SSEN’s facilities in Nigg, Scotland.

“We are very pleased with this award from SSEN, marking the first collaboration between our companies,” said Bart Moens, senior commercial manager at Jan De Nul Group.

“After the award of the Greenlink project, we are supplying and installing yet another critical interconnector for the UK distribution grid,” he added.

The project runs on a fast-track schedule with installation works expected in summer 2023. Jan De Nul’s cable-laying vessel connector will install the subsea cable, supported by Jan De Nul’s in-house trenching expertise and tools to perform the cable protection scope.

The cable supply contract was placed with Ningbo Orient Wires and Cables in China and the submarine cable is currently on its way to Europe.