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UK and Denmark to hook up with electricity interconnector

The UK's National Grid and Denmark’s Energinet.dk have started a study looking at the possibility of an electricity power connection between Great Britain and Denmark.

By Kari Williamson

The study, which is expected to be completed by the year-end, will examine early-stage possibilities for a subsea interconnector cable that would offer an option for interconnector trading between the two countries.

Terry McCormick, Head of UK and European Business Development, National Grid, says: “This study is an important first step in looking at developing a link between Denmark and UK. More interconnection with Europe supports the integration of renewable energy and gives us more options to balance our network in UK. It could also meet European objectives of bringing more competition to the market. We look forward to working with Energinet to examine the possibilities.”

Torben Glar Nielsen, Executive Vice President, Electricity Division, Energinet.dk, adds: “Both Great Britain and Denmark are planning for integration of future very high amounts of wind power. Therefore, the study will also look at how the new cable would help both countries export and import renewable power, as well as connecting into a future North Sea ‘super grid’ to connect offshore wind power”.

The study will look at different technical solutions, possible project benefits, potential routes and landing points, the capacity of the cable and potential commissioning timetables for an interconnector.

Furthermore, it will examine how the new cable would help countries export and import renewable power, as well as being part of a future North Sea ‘super grid’ to connect offshore wind power.

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