Friday, May 24

LionLink: ‘World’s largest cross-border energy line’ to be constructed by UK and Netherlands

A brand new energy line which might present inexperienced electrical energy to 1.8 million houses is ready to be constructed by the UK and the Netherlands as a part of a plan to spice up power safety.

Officials declare the LionLink connection beneath the North Sea would be the “world’s largest multi-use electricity power line”.

It will join the 2 international locations to one another and to offshore wind farms within the North Sea when it turns into “operational by the early 2030s”.

The cross-border electrical energy cable will likely be solely the second of its sort on the earth – the primary was constructed by Germany and Denmark.

The British authorities claimed will probably be in a position to carry greater than 4 occasions the quantity of electrical energy as its predecessor – 1.8GW in contrast with 0.4GW – making it “the largest of its kind in terms of capacity anywhere in the world”.

The venture is being developed by Britain’s National Grid and Dutch electrical energy community operator TenneT.

The line will have the ability to transfer sufficient surplus power between the international locations to energy Birmingham and Manchester mixed, in keeping with ministers.

Energy Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned Monday’s “historic deal” was a lift to the UK’s power safety and sends a “strong signal to Putin’s Russia that the days of his dominance over global power markets are well and truly over”.

The Netherlands’ local weather and power minister Rob Jetten mentioned “close collaboration” on offshore wind power amongst North Sea international locations was “imperative”.

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The finish of the fossil gas age?

Emma Pinchbeck, chief government of the commerce affiliation Energy UK, mentioned: “Tapping the potential of the North Sea to generate and ship clear power is essential to making sure that we attain internet zero within the quickest and least expensive manner potential.”

Jess Ralston, of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit – an organisation which helps “informed debate on energy and climate change issues” – mentioned: “The North Sea oil and gas basin is in terminal decline, so unless the deployment of renewables as well as electric heat pumps and the basics like home insulation is sped up, we’ll become more dependent on foreign gas imports.”

The LionLink announcement was made on the North Sea Summit in Belgium on Monday.

The UK, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands are assembly in Ostend to debate ambitions for constructing future offshore wind farms.

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