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Exchange of British wind power for Norwegian hydroelectricity. The United Kingdom and Norway have completed the installation of the world’s longest underwater power cable, announced this Tuesday (15th) by Nordic country’s electricity network operator Statenet.

Extending 720 km (of which 716 km is underwater) at an estimated cost of between 1.5 and 2 billion euros ($1.8 and 2.4 billion), the North Sea Link connects Süldl, located in the southwest of the Scandinavian country, Blyth ( near Newcastle), in England, the installation of which passes through the floor of the North Sea, thus strengthening the security of electricity supplies in both countries.

“When the wind blows stronger in England and there is more electricity production there, we will be able to buy cheap electricity from the British in Norway and, in the meantime, release water into our reservoirs”, said the project director. On behalf of statnet, Thor Anders Numedl.

Conversely, “when there is little wind and there is high demand for electricity in England, they will be able to buy hydropower from us,” it said in a statement.

The capacity of the new submarine cable is about 1,400 MW.

The connection between the two sections of the cable, which was put together in the British and Norwegian parts, was done on Monday night.

National Grid

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