UK and Norway will build an electricity and gas link to share energy

27/3/2015 Guardian:
UK and Norway to build world’s longest undersea energy interconnector

Signing in Oslo will launch construction of cable to provide power for almost 750,000 British homes by 2021

- by Sean Farrell
The UK and Norway are to build the world’s longest undersea interconnector – a method of linking up electricity and gas networks – to provide enough low-carbon energy for almost 750,000 British homes.

National Grid and Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator, are due to sign the ownership agreement for the 450-mile (730km) interconnector at the British embassy in Oslo, on Thursday.

The two-way 1,400MW electricity cable will run from Blyth in Northumberland to Kvilldal, in Rogaland, on the Norwegian side. It will cost about €2bn (£1.5bn) and completion is planned for 2021.

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