A new power link between Scotland and Norway has been given the green light by Scotland’s parliament.
The NorthConnect interconnector will enable two-way transmission between the two nations, adding 1.4GW of total capacity via subsea cable, and will help maximise renewable generation in both countries. Scotland has a focus on wind power, whilst Norway has a traditional focus on hydroelectric.
Scottish utility SSE had originally planned to undertake the project before pulling out, citing regulatory uncertainty and strategic focus on core markets.
Approval for the converter station on the Scottish side was granted in 2015, and will connect to a similar station in Simadalen in Norway. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.
Richard Blanchfield, NorthConnect Head of Development in Scotland said: “The interconnector will be able to monitor and respond instantaneously to meet the demands of either energy market and grid stability requirements. Crucially, it will be able to be called upon by National Grid in the event of a ‘black start’ situation, ensuring the lights stay on.
“NorthConnect is looking towards operation in 2023/24 and has already begun the process of finding suitable contractors to deliver this strategically important energy project.”