The world’s longest electricity interconnector is set to be built between the UK and Norway, which is expected to improve energy security for both countries.
National Grid signed an agreement with Norwegian power provider Statnett confirming plans for a 1.4GW submarine interconnector. It aims to have the 700km link operational by 2020.
The companies are currently conducting a joint seabed survey along the route and will then focus to get the necessary regulatory and environmental agreements for the project.
Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid said: “This is a huge and innovative project – it will use state of the art technology to create the longest interconnector in the world and would link Norway’s flexible, clean hydro power into the UK market to strengthen energy supplies for both countries. This link will help deliver secure, affordable power to consumers as Europe moves towards using more and more renewable energy.”
The interconnector is expected to strengthen the North-European power grid and help achieve the EU’s target of 20% renewable energy by 2020.