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Mark



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:51 pm    Post subject: UK-Norway interconnector Reply with quote

£1.5bn contracts awarded for UK-Norway interconnector:
http://www.edie.net/news/6/-1-5bn-contracts-awarded-for-UK-Norway-interconnector/?utm_source=weeklynewsletter,%20Edie%20Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email,%20email&utm_content=news&utm_campaign=weeklynewsletter,%201771db651c-edie_weekly_newsletter_2015_07_15_7_15_2015

Plans to build the world's longest electricity interconnector between the UK and Norway took a step forward yesterday, with £1.5bn of contracts awarded to three energy infrastructure companies. The subsea interconnector, expected to be 740km long, will allow the two countries to share surplus renewable energy. The project is a joint venture between National Grid and Statnett SF, the Norwegian transmission system operator. It will have a capacity of 1,400MW. National Grid's director of European business development Alan Foster said: "There is a huge programme of work for us to undertake over the next five years to deliver what will be the world's longest interconnector. “Our contractors will have a big part to play in that successful delivery. But the benefits to both UK and Norway are also huge and when completed the link will deliver low carbon electricity for the UK and also add to security of supply for Norwegian consumers."

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a great deal to be said for this project since it should permit of a greater percentage of renewably generated electricity without the need for expensive and largely untried storage schemes.

My only real concern is that both TPTB and the sheeple may regard the building of interconnectors as a substitute for enough UK generating capacity.
It would be very detrimental to our balance of payments if this proposed new link is used primarily to import power from Norway, rather than also exporting UK wind power.

More UK wind turbines needed, so as to not only eliminate gas burning for busload power production, but ALSO to have enough to export to Norway.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortunately the Dogger Bank, probably the world's best place for wind generation, is between England and Norway.
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