Deal on 1.4GW UK-Norway link

NSN would be the longest marine interconnector in the world

NSN would be the longest marine interconnector in the world

The UK’s National Grid and Norwegian transmission system operator (TSO) Statnett have inked a co-operation deal to press ahead with developing a 1.4GW underwater electricity trunkline between the two countries.

The NSN link, which would run 700km beneath the North Sea boosted by two converter stations, would be the longest marine interconnector in the world.

If an investment green-light is given to the €1.5bn-2bn project next year, power could be flowing through the line as early as 2019.

"This is another important stage in the development. The joining of the energy systems of both countries brings much wider benefits – delivering secure and affordable power to consumers as Europe moves towards integrating its renewable energy,” says National Grid chief executive Steve Holliday.

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