Interconnector

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For the pipeline between the UK and Belgium known as the Interconnector, see Interconnector (North Sea).

An interconnector is a structure which enables energy to flow between networks. The term is used more specifically to refer to international connections between electricity and natural gas networks.

Economy[edit]

Interconnectors allow the trading of energy between territories. For example, the North Sea Interconnector allows the trading of natural gas between the UK and Belgium[1] and the East–West Interconnector allows the trading of electricity between the UK and the Ireland.

A territory which generates more energy than it requires for its own activities can therefore sell surplus energy to a neighbouring territory.

Interconnectors also provide increased resilience.

Within the European Union there is a movement towards a single market for energy, which makes interconnectors viable.[2] The fullest possible implementation of this is the proposed European super grid which would include numerous interconnectors between national networks.

Infrastructure[edit]

Interconnectors may run across a land border or connect two land areas separated by water.

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