Germany and Norway inaugurate 1.4 GW NordLink
May 28 (Renewables Now) – NordLink, the 1.4 GW interconnector between Germany and Norway, officially opened on Thursday at a digital event attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
The 623 km (387 m) long high voltage direct current (HVDC) NordLink connects the German and Norwegian power grids, allowing the exchange of German wind power with Norwegian hydropower.
The project was implemented by the Norwegian transmission system operator (TSO) Statnett and DC Nordseekabel GmbH & Co KG, which is equally owned by TSO TenneT and the German development bank KfW. It was put into service in April after several months of testing.
According to Statnett’s announcement, the total costs of the project, which took five years to build, are estimated between 1.7 billion euros ($ 2.1 billion) and 1.8 billion euros.
“The first direct electricity bridge not only helps stabilize energy prices in both countries. NordLink is an important step for sustainable energy supply and climate protection in Europe. Because the focus is on the exchange of renewable energy, ”said Merkel.
Solberg said that NordLink “will contribute to a more efficient use of energy resources and lay the groundwork for new investments in renewable generation”. It will also help countries’ efforts to reduce emissions, the Norwegian prime minister added.
TenneT chief operating officer Tim Meyerjuergens said the company would continue to focus on the North Sea – “Europe’s future powerhouse”.
“We will provide connection capacities of at least 27 gigawatts there by 2030, including 17 gigawatts in the German North Sea,” said TenneT’s COO.
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