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Scotland to Link UK-Norway Interconnector

14 Aug 2012

An electricity interconnector between Britain and Norway that could aid energy security and help exchange renewable power between the two countries has secured connection point in Scotland.

NorthConnect, the Interconnector Development Company has announced it has signed an agreement with the UK Transmission System Operator National Grid to secure a connection point in Peterhead, Scotland. The deal will promote further detailed planning of the grid connection on the British part of the interconnector.

The Norwegian based project company NorthConnect is owned by five partners in the UK, Norway and Sweden; Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Vattenfall AB, E-CO, Agder Energi and Lyse.

Once it is fully operational, “NorthConnect will be the first interconnector to directly connect the UK’s electricity network with Scandinavia and will contribute to enhanced security of energy supply in both the Scandinavian and the UK market. It will also assist in the development of renewable generation in both regions, as the high penetration of wind generation in UK and hydro-energy in Scandinavia complement each other.” The firm said in an official press release.

This agreement with National Grid marks an important milestone in the development of the NorthConnect Interconnector; which will have a capacity of 1,400 megawatt and is planned to be commissioned in 2020.