Press Release: Linxon plays key role in completing the extension of Bicker Fen 400 kV AIS substation for Viking Link

February 20, 2024

Linxon celebrates the certified takeover of the extension of Bicker Fen 400 kV AIS substation. This event is marking the successful commissioning of the new 1400 MW high voltage direct current (DC) electricity link between the UK and Denmark.

This achievement realized Linxon’s significant contribution through the successful extension of the Bicker Fen 400 kV alternating current (AC) substation.

Allowing electricity exchange between Great Britain and Denmark, the Viking Link interconnector is now operational. Necessitating a converter station and substation in each country, Linxon played a key role in the delivery of National Grid Electricity Transmission’s Bicker Fen 400 kV AC substation extension in Lincolnshire, UK. Passing British, Dutch, German and Danish waters, Viking Link is a joint venture between the UK’s National Grid  and Danish System Operators Energinet. The link stretches for 765 km between the two countries.In a contract awarded in late 2020, Linxon provided the EPC solution for the extension of double busbars, bus coupler and two user (interconnector) bays.

“Viking Link offers a broader energy mix, a more sustainable approach to growing energy needs and ultimately lower prices for consumers in peak consumption periods,” said Stefan Reisacher, CEO at Linxon. “We are delighted to have worked with National Grid on a project that allows Linxon’s expertise in energy transmission to come to the fore.”

The 1400 MW high voltage direct current (DC) electricity link connects the Bicker Fen to Revsing southern Jutland, Denmark and enables power to be shared between the two countries for the first time. Viking Link and its substations will allow both Britain and Denmark increased access to clean, green energy and improve energy security for both countries.

Linxon offers turnkey solutions incorporating design, procurement, supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of established Hitachi Energy power products. As the European energy market evolves, Linxon continues to contribute to other cross border collaborations. In April 2024, the company starts work on the Messaure substation in Jokkmokk, connecting northern Sweden to Finland via the Aurora Line which is due to be commissioned in 2025.