Construction has started on what will become the world’s longest electrical interconnection, which will allow clean energy to travel between the UK and Denmark.
The £ 1.8 billion Viking Link interconnection project is a high-voltage direct current link that will link the two countries and represents a “major milestone” in the UK’s efforts to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions, according to the National Grid.
The project, which is expected to be completed in 2023, will run cables 475 miles (765 km) under the sea between Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, England and Revsing in South Jutland, Denmark.
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It is a collaborative project between the National Grid of the United Kingdom and the owner and operator of the Danish electricity network, Energinet.
Denmark has significant wind resources and the program means that Danish wind farms could soon supply 1.5 million British homes. The system will also allow the UK to export energy.
Siemens Energy has been mandated to build the converter stations in the United Kingdom and Denmark at the two ends of the interconnection link. Construction has now started with the creation of a 1.5 mile access road to the Bicker Fen site.
Mike Elmer, director of the Viking Link project for National Grid Ventures, said: “We have already completed the initial preparatory work with archaeological and ecological studies as well as studies on the hydraulic works, but this is a key step in the construction of the project.
“Viking Link will play a vital role in helping to decarbonize the UK’s electricity supply on the road to a net zero carbon energy system. It will provide access to cleaner, greener power, which will make energy safer and more affordable for consumers. “
UK Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This major building project will place Lincolnshire at the heart of our economic recovery. Not only will this program create local local jobs throughout the county, but it will also improve our energy security, reduce consumer bills and give our local renewable generators a greater chance of exporting zero carbon electricity to the world whole. ”
Matt Warman, Conservative MP for Boston & Skegness in Lincolnshire, said: “Reducing carbon emissions is one of the biggest challenges facing our world, and interconnectors play a vital role in the UK’s transition. United towards clean energy resources. It is great to hear that this project will create employment opportunities for the local community and will seek to procure products and services from local businesses throughout the project. ”
By 2030, 90% of the electricity imported through National Grid interconnections will come from zero carbon sources, the company said in a statement.
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