County Looks to Link Up with Norway Via Subsea Power Line

The Journal (Newcastle, England), October 9, 2014 | Go to article overview

County Looks to Link Up with Norway Via Subsea Power Line


Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk

AGIGANTIC sub-sea electricity cable will link Northumberland and Norway in a world first to help provide for the UK's energy needs.

The 730km cable 'interconnector' will be buried deep beneath the North Sea and will be the world's longest sub-sea electricity cable.

It would bring Norwegian hydropower to the National Grid, while it is hoped over time renewable energy created from UK wind-farms could be sent back to the Scandinavian nation. Northumberland Council's planning committee approved plans for a sub-station and cables to be laid off the coast at Cambois and at land north east of East Sleekburn at a meeting on Tuesday night.

The multi-million pound project, which will be financed by the UK and Norwegian company Statnett, and would help the National Grid 'top up' its supplies of electricity by buying hydro-electricity to meet demand at peak times. The cable, called the NSN Link, will start off at land near the former Blyth Power Station site and will be buried underground until it meets a converter station on the coast.

The cable is then buried in a trench in the North Sea before arriving at Kvilldal sub-station in Norway. …

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