The latest project to keep the lights on in Britain, against a backdrop of diminished North Sea gas reserves and the challenges of producing a decarbonised economy, launches today. A new undersea interconnector, further coupling the UK to the energy grids of continental Europe, is going into commission: the £1.4 billion North Sea Link from hydro-electricity producing Norway that will be capable, in time, of providing 1.4 gigawatts of power to Britain. That is the equivalent of a decent-sized power station or about 40 per cent of the Hinkley Point C nuclear facility, which will be under construction in Somerset for many years to come. Or put another way, North Sea Link can alone provide enough electricity to power up to 5 per cent of the nation’s households.
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The UK system operator announced this morning that the €1.6bn North Sea Link (NSL) project has started commercial operations, allowing the two nations to share renewable energy. National Grid touted the news as a “major milestone” in the UK’s journey towards net zero emissions, noting that it would allow the UK to avoid 23 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030. It will enable the UK to export wind power to Norway when wind generation is high and domestic electricity demand low, helping to conserve the water in Norway’s reservoirs that powers its hydroelectric plants, National Grid said. Similarly, the UK will be able to import hydroelectric power from Noway when electricity demand is high and domestic generation is low, it explained.
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