Germany and Norway to build 1.4 GW link

Norwegian and German companies have revealed plans to spend €1.5-2bn ($2-$2.6bn) on a 1.4 GW subsea power cable - the fourth link between Germany and the Nordic region, raising capacity by almost 50 per cent.

A final decision on the investment is expected by 2014 so that the link could operate by the end of 2018.

Norwegian transmission system operator Statnett and German system operator TenneT have reached an initial agreement, with Germany’s state-controlled bank KfW providing financing.

Under the project, Norway’s abundant hydropower would provide backup in Germany, where fluctuating wind and solar generation are unsettling the grid.

In return, Norway could benefit when its hydro generation dips during dry years and cold spells.

Germany is already connected by a 600 MW link to Sweden and by two links to Denmark with a total capacity of 2365 MW.

Statnett has also announced plans for 1.4 GW link from Norway to Britain by 2020.

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