Ground-breaking ceremony for NordLink heldNews // September 19, 2016
The project partners in the NordLink interconnector - TenneT, Statnett and KfW (represented by KfW IPEX-Bank) - have held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the German converter station for the 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 connects two perfectly complementary systems for the exchange of renewable energy: German wind and solar power, on the one side, and Norwegian hydropower, on the other," said Lex Hartman, member of the TenneT executive board. "Projects like NordLink make an integrated European energy market possible. To ensure that energy is directed to where it is needed. Easily, safely, and eco-efficiently," Hartman stated.
"NordLink is an important building block for the future of the energy transition. It enables the generation of what we used to call base load power," said Robert Habeck, Deputy Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein and Minister of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas. "The 'green link' establishes a connection to the hydropower plant capacities in Norway and will be able to counteract congestions in the German transmission grid," Habeck added.
NordLink has a capacity of 1,400 megawatts (MW). This places its capacity considerably above that of a large conventional power station.
"The interconnector increases the possibilities for exchange of renewable energy, contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions and achievement of climate goals and increases the security of supply in both countries", stated Gisela von Krosigk, Managing Director at KfW IPEX-Bank.
The interconnector is 623km long and uses high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) with a capacity of 1,400 MW at ± 500 kV. The offshore section will make use of 516km of subsea cable.