20. Sep 2016
The interconnector links Norwegian water power with German solar and wind energy
The project partners TenneT, Statnett and KfW (represented by KfW IPEX-Bank) carried out the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the German converter station for the NordLink subsea cable project and a symbolic cable pulling together with the Schleswig-Holstein Minister of Energy, Robert Habeck, the Norwegian ambassador, Elisabeth Waalas, and the mayors of Wilster and Nortorf.
NordLink is the first interconnector to provide a direct link between the Norwegian and German energy markets. When limited activity of wind turbines and solar cells result in higher energy prices in Germany than in Norway, energy generated by Norwegian hydropower plants can be imported via NordLink. The power line connects the capacities of Norwegian hydropower plants with those of wind and solar farms in Germany. The Norwegian water reservoirs essentially function as “energy reservoirs”: the water inside them is retained when energy is imported from Germany. In turn, they can come into play during peak consumption periods in Germany, and when there is little production from solar and wind power plants. Then Norwegian hydropower is transported to Germany.
NordLink has a capacity of 1,400 megawatts (MW). This places its capacity considerably above that of a large conventional power station.
The NordLink project will be realised by the Norwegian TSO Statnett and DC Nordseekabel GmbH & Co. KG, each with 50 % ownership. The transmission system operator TenneT TSO, and German promotional bank KfW both have shares of 50 % in DC Nordseekabel. DC Nordseekabel is responsible for the construction of the German part of the project, including permits.
The 623 km long, high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) cable has a capacity of 1,400 MW. It is planned to be put into operation in the year 2020.
Read the TenneT press release onwww.tennet.eu.