Norway hands out licence for power link to UK

Norway today dished out a licence to energy firm Statnett for a new interconnector to the UK. The huge cable running under the sea will be able to carry 1,400 […]

By Vicky Ellis

Norway today dished out a licence to energy firm Statnett for a new interconnector to the UK.

The huge cable running under the sea will be able to carry 1,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity and is set to be ready by 2020.

Statnett is working with the UK system operator National Grid on the Norway-UK project, called North Sea Network (NSN).

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy said it will be the world’s longest sub-sea cable of its kind.

Norway also gave Statnett a licence for an interconnector to Germany and it said the pair of links will boost Norway’s interconnection capacity nearly 50%.

Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister Tord Lien said the two cables are “important for successfully increasing our share of renewable energy”.