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‘Largest of its kind’ power line between UK and Netherlands gets go-ahead

by Liam Turner
An illustration of the LionLink powerline

The governments of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have given initial approval for the construction of the largest power line of its type in the world.

Known as LionLink (previously Eurolink), the electricity line is a joint venture between the UK’s National Grid and Dutch transmission operator TenneT.

LionLink will be the second of its kind, following the Germany and Denmark-built Kassø-Frøslev (Kriegers Flak), but will carry more than four times the electricity.

The project is considered a significant step towards an integrated electricity grid in the North Sea, connecting offshore wind turbines.

LionLink will connect the UK and Netherlands to each other and offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

The project is still in the feasibility stage, and onshore and offshore studies will continue over the next few years.

The final investment decision is expected to be made in the next two to three years, with the connection operational by the early 2030s.

‘Historic deal’

Commenting on the development, Grant Shapps said: “Today’s historic deal with the Netherlands connects our two countries together through this exciting feat of innovation and engineering – the largest of its kind in the world which will provide enough electricity for more homes than in Manchester and Birmingham combined.

“Together with the strong ties we have with our northern European neighbours united today at the North Sea Summit, we are bolstering our energy security and sending a strong signal to Putin’s Russia that the days of his dominance over global power markets are well and truly over.

“I’m proud to have the best of UK energy firms and organisations with me, flying the flag for British business and demonstrating our world-leading expertise in cleaner, cheaper, and secure renewable technologies – helping deliver on one of our five priorities to grow the economy.”

Ben Wilson, president of National Grid Ventures, said: “Connecting wind farms to multiple markets simultaneously is a game changer for energy infrastructure and brings us one step closer to realising the enormous green energy potential of the North Sea.

“Not only can we deploy every spare electron where it is needed most, we can help to reduce the impact of infrastructure on coastal communities.

“We now need the right political, legal and regulatory framework to make it happen and establish a mutually beneficial North Sea grid to deliver a cleaner, fairer, more secure and more affordable energy future for British and European consumers.”

TenneT chief executive Manon van Beek said: “It is our conviction that offshore hubs configured in a meshed DC grid must form the backbone of the North Sea powerhouse.

“This is a view that is increasingly shared, and for us, it is more than a vision of the future.

“In fact, we are already doing it by kicking off this groundbreaking LionLink project right now.

“It is a first step and a great opportunity to learn as the offshore grid takes shape.”

Image: An illustration of the LionLink powerline. Credit: TenneT

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