The NorthConnect cable project recently reached an important milestone in securing land plot for its Norwegian converter station at Simadalen, by agreement with the landowner, Eidfjord municipality. The agreement was signed by Eidfjord and NorthConnect in July.
Chairman of the NorthConnect joint venture, Odd Øygarden, said:
“Signing of this agreement with Eidfjord is an important achievement in the development of the NorthConnect project, and we are pleased to be working with the municipality on a venture which will be beneficial for businesses, employment, security of supply and climate change.”
“However, it is crucial that the Norwegian government fulfil their commitment to change the Energy Act and remove ownership restrictions for interconnector projects. The Nordic surplus situation and the need for flexible power in the transformation of UK Energy supply to a low carbon system, calls for more interconnectors from the Nordic region. The NorthConnect project has strong support on the UK side, but a reversing of the Norwegian Energy Act is a prerequisite in order develop NorthConnect as planned”, Mr. Øygarden stated.
NorthConnect is planning an electricity interconnector between Norway and Scotland. The interconnector will provide a 1400MW Direct Current (DC) connection between Simadalen in Norway and Peterhead in Scotland. The DC power will be converted to Alternating Current (AC) at converter stations in Simadalen and Peterhead. The nearby Sima substation is one of the strongest grid points in Norway, and well suited for connection to the national grid.
The NorthConnect project is currently working to secure public permits in both countries and land owner agreements for its converter station plot and onshore cable route in the UK. The interconnector has already been granted its UK grid connection in Scotland and has just completed a Scoping Report in the process of securing environmental permits for the onshore works at Peterhead.