United Kingdom The planned interconnector between Scotland and Norway – NorthConnect - took a major step towards implementation when the Aberdeenshire Council approved the application for an electricity converter station and underground cables near Peterhead.

N orthConnect - a development company jointly-owned by Vattenfall and three Norwegian companies, E-CO Energi, Agder Energi and Lyse - plans to connect power networks in the UK and Scandinavia via a 650km underwater 1.4GW power cable between northeast Scotland and Norway. The converter station and onshore cables are required to connect the interconnector cable to the National Grid.

“Important step”
On Thursday 27 August the Aberdeenshire Council approved an application for an electricity converter station and underground cables near Peterhead.
Per Swenzén, Vattenfall’s representative in NorthConnect, comments the approval:
“This is of course an important step forward for the project and shows the support and willingness to be part of the UK energy transition for a better climate.”

From 2022
The next step for NorthConnect is to submit plans for the sea-based part of the interconnector. Construction of the converter station and the underground cables will not start until all consents are in place and final investment decisions are taken by the partners. Currently, NorthConnect is scheduled to start operating from 2022.

Common interest
“From an economic and climate perspective NorthConnect is considered to be one of the best interconnector projects in Europe, bringing both environmental and economic benefits to end-users. As a proof of this, EU has awarded NorthConnect the status of a “project of common interest,” says Swenzén and continues:
NorthConnect will be part of an integrated European energy market, which is an excellent way of meeting the climate challenge, lower electricity costs and reducing the EU's energy dependency. Additionally  security of supply will increase due to the ability to use transmission capacity between the EU member states which will become even more important with increased share of  renewable electricity generation and reduced share of  conventionally generated electricity.”

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