Statnett to build the world’s longest power cable

Statnett and the British company National Grid are cooperating on the construction of a power cable between Norway and the UK, which will be the longest in the world. The project plays a key role in the development of the Northern European power grid.

After three years of planning and development, Statnett and National Grid signed an agreement in June 2012. The agreement confirms the parties’ commitment to continue the work on a subsea cable between Norway and the UK. The cable is expected to have a capacity of 1 400 MW and will be completed by 2020.

Both parties are now focusing on obtaining the required regulatory and environmental agreements and licences, and on procuring more than 700 kilometres of cable, as well as constructing two substations. A milestone for the project will be when the Norwegian licence application is submitted to the Norwegian authorities in the spring of 2013. The cable will be a keystone for grid developments in the countries bordering the North Sea and is a top priority for all parties involved.