Co-operation agreement concluded for German-Norwegian subsea power linkNews // December 13, 2012
The Norwegian power grid operator Statnett, KfW IPEX-Bank on behalf of KfW and TenneT TSO GmbH, transmission system operator for the German North Sea region, have concluded a co-operation agreement to develop and construct a subsea cable between Germany and Norway.
The high voltage direct current interconnector will enable energy to flow between Germany and Norway and help improve the distribution of in particular renewable energy sources between the two nations. It thereby contributes to the success of the German energy turnaround.
The integration of the Norwegian and German electricity markets, which thus far are not connected directly, will ensure greater grid stability in the two countries, increase market efficiency, and stabilize prices between seasons.
The interconnector project comprises an investment volume of approximately EUR 1.5 - 2 billion. The three-party agreement provides for a 50:50 partnership between Norway and Germany.
Norway's state-owned Statnett will own 50 per cent of the project.
On the German side, KfW and TenneT will jointly own 50 per cent of the project via a newly established project company.
The target is to commence operation of the cable late 2018. The agreement is based on the agreement reached in June between Norway and Germany.
The agreement comprises provisions on the further development and implementation of the project; these will result in a final investment decision in 2014.