A new electricity connection will be built between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For the first time, a Dutch offshore wind farm will be directly linked to this project.
The LionLink submarine cable is approximately 250 kilometers long. This will be able to supply electricity to two million households around 2030, predicts Minister Rob Gittin (Climate and Energy).
Gitten and fellow Briton Grant Shapps will demonstrate the power cable on Monday afternoon at the North Sea Summit in Ostend, Belgium.
Network operator TenneT and its British counterpart National Grid are developing the cable. “The North Sea will become the largest supplier of green electricity to the Netherlands and large parts of Europe,” says Minister Gitten. “Close offshore wind cooperation and connectivity between North Sea countries is essential.”
The new connection not only saves electricity, but can also reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “If there is a surplus of wind energy, it can be immediately shared with energy-deficient countries and vice versa,” says Jetten.
Connecting the wind farms via the first cross-border power cable of this size is a new step towards creating an integrated network in the North Sea.
The Netherlands will continue to focus on offshore wind energy in the coming years. Physical space and environmental impact are also taken into account.
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