Firms have until October to register interest


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Contractors have just over six weeks to register interest in a £350m scheme to build an underwater electricity cable between Ireland and the UK.

As well as the 205km link, the job also includes building converter stations in Wexford (pictured), Ireland and Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020, with operations starting in 2023.

The scheme is being developed by Greenlink, a subsidiary of Cork-based renewables company Element Power.

The cable will help Ireland access EU and Nordic electricity markets via the UK.

Greenlink project director Simon Ludlam, said: “We will run a competitive tender to drive down costs and ensure maximum benefit for consumers.” Firms have until 12 October to send in expressions of interest.

The project is an EU Project of Common Interest, meaning it is recognised as a critical European infrastructure project.