PSC welcomes Rose Urban to its UK/Europe HVDC team
January 14, 2021

Ann Burns

PSC welcomes Rose Urban as Principal Electrical Engineer in the UK/Europe region. Rose brings her comprehensive experience in power systems, HVDC / HVAC cables and HVDC interconnectors to PSC. She has been involved in the development and construction of large infrastructure power projects across Europe. Based in the UK, Rose will be a valued member of PSC’s HVDC team in the region.

On behalf of PSC, I am pleased to welcome Rose Urban to our UK/Europe regional team in the role of Principal Electrical Engineer. Before joining our team, Rose was with WSP in the UK, where she was Principal Project Engineer and Team Leader. While there, she was the technical lead on the proposed Celtic Interconnector and Greenlink Interconnector projects, responsible for the HVDC and HVAC cables.  Her role included a range of tasks, including preparing technical specifications and technical tender return documents for HVDC cables, responding to technical clarification questions, and attending clarification meetings with tenderers.  Rose was also Technical Lead for the Slovenia-Italy Interconnector feasibility study, undertaking a detailed technology review, estimation of overall project costs and project schedule for the development and construction of the interconnector.

Rose Urban, PSC Principal Electrical Engineer

Before WSP, Rose was Cable Systems Engineer with National Grid Ventures (NGV), acting as Customer Representative on behalf of National Grid and RTE for the IFA2 HVDC link between UK and France. She also witnessed Type Tests, and Routine and Sample tests on 320 kV HVDC submarine cables and joints. While at NGV, Rose was also part of the technical evaluation team for Viking Link, a 770km long HVDC Interconnector between the UK and Denmark.

Rose spent six years at GE where she was Lead Engineer, Emerging Technologies, carrying out CIGRE TB496 long-term tests on two manufacturers’ 200 kV HVDC XLPE cable systems. Rose was part of a team that developed new tests to assess condition monitoring and aging of HVDC cables, resulting in applying for five patents and developing an improved HVDC cable model that reduced time to test in Real Time Digital Simulation.

Rose’s PhD is on electrical transmission systems for large offshore wind farms. She is an invited expert of a CIGRE Working Group on the recommendations for testing extruded HVDC cables rated up to 800 kV and is an active member of the IET. Rose has authored many conference and journal papers and holds five patents.

“It’s great to have Rose joining the HVDC team in the UK! She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with many different types of projects and technologies, enabling us to better serve our clients, develop our team and grow the business.” Phil Devine, PSC HVDC General Manager, Europe.