Weekly News Review
8 January 2024
National Grid have announced that the new Viking Link interconnector between the UK and Denmark started commercial operations last week. The 1.4GW interconnector runs from Bicker Fen substation in Lincolnshire to Revsing substation in southern Jutland, Denmark. The link is the world’s longest land and subsea interconnector with a cable length of 475 miles.
Viking Link will initially operate at a capacity of 800MW before increasing up to 1.4GW over the coming year. Once at full capacity it will bring total UK interconnector capacity to just under 10GW. The £1.7bn project is a joint venture between National Grid and Danish System Operator, Energinet, and has the capacity to transport enough electricity for up to 2.5 million UK homes, bringing over £500 million of cumulative savings for UK consumers over the next decade.
President of National Grid Ventures Katie Jackson said: “This record-breaking new link is a fantastic example of engineering and collaboration with our partner, Energinet. As we deploy more wind power to meet our climate and energy security targets, connections to our neighbouring countries will play a vital role increasing security of supply and reducing prices for consumers.”
Managing Director of National Grid Interconnectors Rebecca Sedler said: “Viking Link is an achievement for both Denmark and the UK, and consumers in both countries will benefit from this infrastructure for many years to come. The hard work and collaboration of our teams, accounting for more than four million labour hours, highlights National Grid’s dedication to the UK’s clean energy transition.”
Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said: “Great news today as the new Viking Link interconnector starts to transport energy between Denmark and the UK, under the North Sea. The 475-mile cable is the longest land and subsea electricity cable in the world and will provide cleaner, cheaper more secure energy to power up to 2.5 million homes in the UK.”
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