HVDC Norway–Great Britain

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Not to be confused with Scotland-Norway interconnector.
NSN Link [1]
Country Norway
United Kingdom
General direction east–west–east
From Kvilldal, Norway[2]
Passes through North Sea
To Blyth, England
Ownership information
Partners Statnett
National Grid plc
Construction information
Expected 2020
Technical information
Type submarine cable
Type of current HVDC
Total length 711 km (442 mi)
Power rating 1,400 MW
Number of circuits 2

The NSN Link,[1] [2] is a subsea high-voltage direct current electricity cable under construction between Norway and the United Kingdom. It is a joint project of the transmission system operators Statnett and National Grid plc.


The project was first proposed in 2003 when Statnett and National Grid prepared a 1,200 MW interconnector between Suldal in Norway and Easington, County Durham, in the United Kingdom. This project was suspended.[3][4]

On 6 October 2009, Statnett and National Grid announced they were conducting a feasibility study of the cable. According to the pre-feasibility study the project will be economically and technologically feasible. It will be a commercial cable jointly owned by Statnett and NGIL, a subsidiary of National Grid.[5] The Norwegian government has permitted the cable. In March 2015, Statnett and National Grid announced a decision to "start the construction phase",[1][6][7] a month after announcing the "Nemo link", a similar connection with Belgium.[8]


The cable will run from Kvilldal, Suldal, in Norway, to Blyth in the United Kingdom.[2] The route survey was conducted by MMT in 2012.[9][10]

The interconnection may also connect the North Sea wind farms as well as offshore oil and gas platforms, becoming the backbone of the proposed North Sea Offshore Grid.[3][11]

Technical description[edit]

The cable will be 730 kilometres (450 mi) long.[1][9] It has a planned capacity of 1,400 MW.[1] It is estimated to cost 2.0 billion € and become operational in 2021.[1][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f National Grid. "The world's longest interconnector gets underway". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Heading for British clarification of interconnector framework conditions" (Press release). Statnett. 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  3. ^ a b Bradbury, John (2009-10-06). "UK Norway "supergrid" agreement". Offshore247.com (Offshore Media Group AS). Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  4. ^ "National Grid plans UK-Norway interconnector". Power Engineering International (PennWell Corporation). 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Will explore HVDC connection between Norway and Great Britain" (Press release). Statnett. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  6. ^ "Norge og Storbritannia nær avgjørelse om verdens lengste sjøkabel" Teknisk Ukeblad, 5 January 2015. Accessed: 12 January 2015.
  7. ^ "UK, Norway roll with 1.4GW link"
  8. ^ "National Grid rolls with Nemo link"
  9. ^ a b "MMT to Survey UK-Norway HVDC Cable Route". Offshore WIND. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  10. ^ Pagnamenta, Robin (2009-10-07). "North Sea cable could bring Norway's energy to UK". The Sunday Times (Times Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  11. ^ Gibbs, Walter (2010-08-17). "Norway hydro can aid Europe move to renewables-IEA". Fox Business (FOX News Network). Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  12. ^ "Cable to the UK". Statnett. 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 

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