UK-Denmark connection study begins

The UK’s National Grid has announced it is starting a study with the owner of the main electricity and natural gas grids in Denmark, Energinet.dk, to see if developing an […]

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By Tom Gibson

The UK’s National Grid has announced it is starting a study with the owner of the main electricity and natural gas grids in Denmark, Energinet.dk, to see if developing an electricity power connection between the two countries is possible.

Terry McCormick, head of UK and European Business Development at National Grid said: “More interconnection with Europe supports the integration of renewable energy and gives us more options to balance our network in UK.  It could also meet European objectives of bringing more competition to the market.”

The study will look at different technical solutions, potential routes and landing points, the capacity of the cable and potential commissioning timetable.

Torben Glar Nielsen, Executive Vice President of the Electricity Division at Energinet.dk said: “Both Great Britain and Denmark are planning for integration of… very high amounts of wind power. Therefore, the study will also look at how the new cable would help both countries export and import renewable power, as well as connecting into a future North Sea ‘super grid’ to connect offshore wind power”.

The UK currently has three cable interconnectors with Ireland, France and the Netherlands.