Demark, Norway to build fourth interconnector

9 December 2009 - Denmark and Norway are planning the construction of a fourth electricity interconnector in order to boost the utilization of renewable energy in Scandinavia.

According to Utility Week, the two countries' transmission system operators - Energinet.dk and Statnett - hope to complete construction of the 700 MW Skagerrak 4 cable by 2014. It will be built at a cost of GBP340m (EUR376m), GBP180m of which will be met by Denmark.

There are currently three electric power cables between Denmark and Norway with a combined capacity of 1 GW. In addition to strengthening security of supply, the cable will help to improve rates of wind power utilisation.

"We can send more wind power to Norway when it is very windy in Denmark, and we can get cheap hydro power from Norway when we have no wind here," said Torben Glar Nielsen, executive vice president of Energinet.dk's Electricity Division. "In this way, the Norwegian hydro electric power reservoirs can function as a storage facility for Danish wind power.

"In addition, the cable will strengthen security of supply and the competition in the electricity markets to the benefit of the consumers."

Denmark currently has an installed wind power capacity of 3 GW and is planning the construction of a further 3 GW by 2025.

The power cable will be 240 km in length, with substations in Kristianssand, Norway and Tjele, Denmark.

Statnett said it had submitted an application to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate for permission to develop the new interconnector.

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