Norway to UK undersea green power transmission cable starts operations

Norway to UK undersea green power transmission cable starts operations

The operation for the world's longest sub-sea electric cable, transporting green power between Norway and the United Kingdom, has reportedly begun. The project, apparently named the North Sea Link, is speculated to source green energy to 1.4 million homes in the United Kingdom through the 1400 megawatts of power supplied across the interconnector.

According to reports, the 450-mile-long North Sea Link (NSL) is a joint venture between the two countries that connects the UK to Stattnet, Norway's cable operator. The project is speculated to cost £1.4 billion and took approximately six years to complete.

It has been further anticipated that by 2030, the North Sea Link will help the UK reduce its dependency on fossil fuel and eliminate 23 million tons of carbon emissions. Moreover, it has also been speculated that by 2030, 90% of electricity imported through National Grid interconnectors will come from carbon-free sources.

North Sea Link is the fifth interconnector of the UK, with four additional existing cables running alongside Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

National Grid Ventures president, Cordi O’Hara, stated that the NSL project is a remarkable feat of engineering. The team went through fjords, mountains, and across the North Sea to bring the project to fruition.

 O’Hara further added that it is a great start for two countries to capitalize on their renewable energy resources to attain shared goals.

Greg Hands, UK Minister of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, stated that with the help of NSL the UK and Norway can greatly benefit from the energy security and flexibility enabled by the interconnectors.

Hands further added that this ground-breaking relationship demonstrates just how critical international cooperation will be in achieving the net-zero goals.

Hydroelectricity in Norway and wind energy in the United Kingdom are both affected by weather as well as demand fluctuations. As such, through the North Sea Link, renewable energy can be supplied from the UK when wind energy is high, and demand is low or obtained from Norway when demand is high and wind energy is low.

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