Power cable between the UK and Denmark now complete

London, 19 July, 2023, (Oilandgaspress) – The British and Danish electricity grids are physically connected for the first time, following the completion of cable works on the Viking Link interconnector. The final section of the state-of-art-high voltage subsea cable, which joins Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire with Jutland in Denmark, was completed offshore in the North Sea by Prysmian’s Cable Laying Vessel ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ and its team.

The £1.7 billion (€2 billion) project is a joint venture between National Grid and Danish system operator Energinet. It will be the world’s longest land and subsea interconnector – stretching for 475 miles between the two countries. Due to be complete by the end of the year, it will enable the sharing of enough green electricity to power 1.4 million UK homes.

The complex cable joining process took place in Danish waters and took several days to complete. It involved lifting the sections of cables out of the water and expertly joining each conductor/strand together on the Cable Laying Vessel.

Viking Link is National Grid’s sixth interconnector. The company already has five operational cables joining the UK with France (IFA and IFA2), The Netherlands (BritNed), Belgium (Nemo Link) and Norway (North Sea Link).

Once in operation, Viking Link will enable fast and flexible energy to be shared between the two countries, from where it is generated to where it is needed most. Flowing at the flick of a switch, interconnectors can respond quickly to changes in supply and demand, making them an ideal partner to intermittent renewable energy. Construction on Viking Link started in 2019 and so far, more than three million working hours have been spent on planning and construction. The HVDC cable, manufactured and laid by Prysmian and NKT, is made from copper, steel, paper and plastic and is buried on the seabed.

Between 2020 and 2030 National Grid expects its interconnectors will have helped the UK to avoid around 100 million tonnes of carbon emissions, and by 2030 90% of the energy imported through the company’s interconnectors will be from zero carbon energy sources.

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