Full owner’s engineering of the power supply of the MareNostrum-5 supercomputer

In 2019, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) awarded to Ingenieros Emetres the construction project works, the technical assistance for the tender phase and the management of the construction and commissioning phase of all these new infrastructures

In early June, the European Commission (EC) announced that the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) would be the official headquarters for the prestigious MareNostrum 5, one of the most emblematic supercomputers in the world


For the power supply, a new underground line of 2×110 kV of more than 1.2 km is foreseen to be built, as well as a new underground substation equipped with state-of-the-art 110 kV GIS cells and two 25 MVA-110/25 kV transformers.

In addition, it is necessary to provide the substation with the corresponding medium voltage primary cells and to build a new 25 kV distribution network to interconnect the entire complex. The Barcelona supercomputer will be a great ally for research, as it has the capacity to perform up to 200,000 trillion operations per second, and will be up and running by 31 December 2020.


The entire project will cost 223 million euros, half of which will be financed by the European Union (EU)