NordLink partners Statnett, TenneT and KfW have formally taken over the subsea interconnector between Norway and Germany. The takeover marks that NordLink is no longer a construction project, but in ordinary commercial operation.
“The trial period has now been completed. This means that we have formally taken over the NordLink project from Hitachi ABB Power Grids as well as Nexans and NKT. Together with suppliers and our partners on the German side, we have tested that the facilities and systems in both countries work as they should. The availability for the market during the trial period has been fully according to expectations and we are very pleased with that,” says Stein Håvard Auno, project director at Statnett. “The suppliers have done a fantastic job and we are proud to take over a world-class facility with state-of-the-art technology. NordLink will play an important role in facilitating a climate-friendly power system. Now we look forward to the opening event at the end of May,” Auno adds.
“We are very proud to have built the world’s longest subsea electrical interconnector that runs between Tonstad in Sirdal municipality and Wilster in Germany. We and our German partners, the system operator TenneT and the investment bank KfW, have achieved this, even in challenging times with the corona. The project is one of the largest projects in Statnett’s history, and we have seen impressive work and engineering achievements in this project. It has been a privilege to follow NordLink through the project phase,” says Håkon Borgen, Executive Vice President Technology and Development at Statnett.
Tim Meyerjürgens, TenneT COO says, “With NordLink, we have successfully commissioned a major international flagship project of the European energy transition and reliably integrated it into the electricity market. Building on a trusted partnership we delivered the ‘green cable’ within the specified expectations in time, budget and quality. As world’s leading operator of high-voltage direct current connections, we will continue to contribute this know-how to the planning and construction of further grid expansion to drive the energy transition.”
“NordLink is now in the operation phase – this is good news for the European energy transition,” says Markus Scheer, member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank. “By connecting the Norwegian and the German energy markets we can achieve supply security and stable energy prices while increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix. We are proud to be part of this technologically advanced project.”
Hitachi ABB Power Grids has been responsible for the HVDC technology in the converter stations in Norway and Germany. Nexans and NKT have produced and delivered the cables in the project. The technology will ensure an efficient exchange of power between the countries for the next 40 years.
The trial operation has been ongoing since 12 September 2020 when the cable connection between Norway and Germany became available to the market for the first time.
NordLink has a capacity of up to1,400 MW, is 623 km long and runs between Sirdal municipality in Norway and Wilster in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Construction began in 2016. The total costs for NordLink are estimated at a range of EUR 1.7 to 1.8 billion, and Statnett’s share is half of these costs. Partners in Germany are system operator TenneT and investment bank KfW. The project has been completed within the planned time and cost estimate.
With the exchange of Norwegian hydropower and German wind energy, two systems complement each other in an optimal way. NordLink facilitates a climate-friendly power system and value creation in both countries and is important in the work of achieving climate goals.