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Map europe NORD.LINK and NorGer cable.svg
FromErtsmyra, Norway
Passes throughNorth Sea
ToDiele or Brunsbüttel, Germany
Ownership information
TenneT TSO / KfW
Construction information
Technical information
Typesubmarine cable
Type of currentHVDC
Total length623 km (387 mi)
Power rating1,400 MW
DC voltage500 kV

NordLink is a subsea 1,400 megawatt (MW) HVDC power cable between Norway and Germany. The over 500 kilometres (310 mi) long cable operates at a voltage of 500 kV.[1][2]

The cable is currently under test, and full operation is expected in 2021.[3]


It is estimated to cost €1.5–2 billion,[4] which was financed in 2015[5] when Statnett decided to realize the project.[6] The interconnector is planned to be installed between a new substation at Ertsmyra (near Tonstad) in Norway and Wilster substation in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany.[7] The connection is expected to be completed in 2020.[5] [8] When testing in September 2020, it accidentally imported the full 1,400 MW into Norway for almost a minute, causing cascading grid effects such as a 0.5 Hz frequency change across the Nordic synchronous area.[9] [3]


The Norwegian state-owned company and transmission system operator, Statnett SF, owns 50% of the project, whilst the Dutch transmission system operator TenneT TSO and the German state-owned bank KfW own the other half. A cable between Norway and Germany is listed in the EU's projects of common interest (PCI).[1][10]


Site Coordinates
Tonstad HVDC converter station 58°40′06″N 6°45′15″E / 58.66833°N 6.75417°E / 58.66833; 6.75417 (Tonstad Converter Station)
Djupvik Cable Terminal 58°15′59″N 6°40′47″E / 58.26639°N 6.67972°E / 58.26639; 6.67972 (Djupvik Cable Terminal)
Wilster HVDC converter station 53°55′10″N 9°20′40″E / 53.91944°N 9.34444°E / 53.91944; 9.34444 (Wilster Converter Station)

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  1. ^ a b "Statnett and E.ON mull Norway-Germany subsea cable". Power Engineering International. PennWell Corporation. 2008-01-10. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  2. ^ "Statnett and E.ON Netz Launch Joint Feasibility Study for a DC-Cable Between Norway And Germany". Transmission & Distribution World. Penton Media, Inc. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  3. ^ a b "Fault during testing of NordLink". Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  4. ^ Evans, Piers Grimley (2012-12-04). "Germany and Norway to build 1.4 GW link". Power Engineering International. PennWell Corporation. Archived from the original on 2018-12-31. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  5. ^ a b Erste Aufträge für 1.400-MW-Seekabel Nordlink vergeben
  6. ^ Lie, Øyvind. "Statnett bygger kraftkabel til Tyskland" Teknisk Ukeblad, 10 February 2015. Retrieved : 22 February 2015.
  7. ^ Crampsie, Sian (2010-04-12). "Statnett submits Nord.Link licence". Utility Week. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  8. ^ NordLink, the first direct connection between power markets in Germany and Norway (official TenneT page).
  9. ^ Viseth, Ellen Synnøve (11 September 2020). "Feil under testing av Nordlink: Importerte 1400 MW fra Tyskland ved et uhell". (in Norwegian). Teknisk Ukeblad. Archived from the original on 11 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Nordic Grid Development Plan 2014 Archived 2015-01-04 at the Wayback Machine" page 59, Document no. 13/81818 - 5. Nordic TSOs, August 2014. Retrieved : January 2015.