Viking Link: 475-mile underwater interconnector will give UK access to Denmark’s clean energy | UK News


Work has begun on the world’s longest electricity interconnector which will allow power to travel between the UK and Denmark and could provide energy for 1.5m British homes.

The 475-mile (765km) power line, named the Viking Link, will cost £1.8 billion and be completed in 2023.

It will run under the North Sea and onshore between Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire and Revsing in South Jutland, Denmark.

Electricity interconnectors are the physical links which allow the transfer of electricity across borders.

The two countries will be able to share clean energy, giving the UK access to Denmark’s huge wind power resources, which last year provided nearly half of its electricity.

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Last year, Denmark produced nearly half its electricity from wind power

Copenhagen, which is targeting a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, enjoys favourable wind conditions and began investing heavily in wind power in the 1970s.

Siemens Energy has begun to build the access road for the converter station – which will link the electricity cable with the British grid – at Bicker Fen.

Initial groundwork has been completed with archaeological and ecological surveys and National Grid described the start of work on the road as a major milestone for the project.

Mike Elmer, Viking Link project director for National Grid Ventures, which will own and operate the link, said: “Viking Link will play a vital role in helping to decarbonise the UK’s power supply on the journey to a net-zero carbon energy system.

“It will enable access to a cleaner, greener supply of electricity, which will make energy more secure and affordable for consumers.”



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