Wind energy – Nordlink interconnector
Today the first interconnector between Norway and Germany, NordLink, was officially opened.
The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked the occasion alongside NordLink partners Statnett, TenneT and investment bank KfW.
The NordLink interconnector has a capacity of up to 1400 MW, is 623 km long and runs between Agder in Norway and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany.
“Today and with NordLink, Germany and Norway are moving even closer together. The first direct electricity bridge not only helps stabilize energy prices in both countries. NordLink is a milestone for sustainable energy supply and climate protection in Europe. Because the focus is on the exchange of renewable energy,” says the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“Norway is a small country, but a great energy nation. The NordLink cable is a great example of how we collaborate with other countries to create value from our energy resources. NordLink brings us closer to a more efficient power system and an even more electric future,” says Tina Bru, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy.
The interconnector will ensure an efficient exchange of power between the countries for the next 40 years.
“NordLink is an enormously important building block for the European energy transition in order to compensate for wind- and sunless periods and, at the same time, make green energy available safely and affordably in Europe. NordLink enables a climate-friendly electricity system, creates value in both countries, and is an important building block for achieving the climate targets. As a transmission system operator, TenneT is furthering the energy transition and grid expansion like no other in Europe, in order to transport renewable energies onshore and offshore, and integrate them into a modern energy system,” adds CEO of TenneT Manon van Beek.