Nemo Link

Project brief

Nemo Link is an HVDC submarine power cable under construction between Richborough Energy Park in Kent in the UK and Zeebrugge in Belgium. The project is a joint venture between British National Grid and Belgian Elia. The electrical interconnector will be the first between the two countries and capable of transmitting up to 1,000 MW at 400 kV. The cable is expected to be operational by 2019.

Balfour Beatty - a longstanding client of Mane across various sectors - brought on board the consultancy to source engineering professionals and office based staff to manage the installation of the 130 kilometre subsea electrical interconnector.  

There were some potential challenges. The client put forward a very specific job spec which targeted a fairly small talent pool: it was crucial that professionals working on the project had interconnector experience, yet most of these individuals are in permanent employment.

In order to manage recruitment for this project, Mane established a hub in Bruges, Belgium. The consultancy was required to source Belgian staff for this project, which required it to further extend its already substantial talent reach. However, thanks to Mane’s reputation in the market, this wasn’t an issue. Consultants were able to headhunt very senior engineers for extremely technical, niche work, amongst other roles, to be based at the landing point and substation. The first contractor Mane sourced was the most senior person on the whole site for the entire duration of the project. The consultancy also identified contractors who were eligible for upskilling to further widen the pool of senior level talent.  

Feedback from the client was overwhelmingly positive. Furthermore, as result of the success of the Nemo Link project, Mane has been tipped to be a key supplier of talent for the upcoming Viking Link project: an identical project between the UK and Norway. 

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