The company behind a new 205 km interconnector cable between Ireland and Wales has begun the search for contractors to build the €400m (£360m) scheme.
Greenlink Interconnector Ltd has called for bids to install the cable, which will run between the Great Island substation in County Wexford in Ireland and the Pembroke Converter Station in Wales.
Work will be split across two lots: lot one will cover the construction of converter stations, HVAC cable installation and grid connections, while lot two comprises the subsea and underground cabling work.
The client has also said it will consider bundling all the work into one package if contractors express interest in both lot one and lot two.
The project will deliver two electricity cables and a fibre optic cable running under the seabed, with converter substations at each end.
Contractors interested in bidding have until 10 October to submit documents, with firms to be invited to tender in November.
Work is expected to start on the interconnector in June 2020, with completion earmarked for 2023.
WSP will run the procurement process on behalf of Greenlink.
The consultant was appointed as lead engineer for the project in June and is currently supporting Greenlink with the design, final cost and technical assessments of the scheme.
Greenlink project director Simon Ludlam said: “We will run a competitive tender to drive down costs and ensure maximum benefit for consumers.
“In parallel we are running our subsea surveys that will determine the optimal cable route across the Irish Sea to inform the procurement process.
“Greenlink is looking forward to a constructive dialogue with suppliers over the next year to select its preferred bidders and move to the award of contracts for the construction phase in 2020.”