British, Dutch offshore wind interconnection plans agreed: The National Grid commercial development arm, National Grid Ventures and the Dutch transmission system operator TenneT have inked an agreement to investigate the feasibility of connecting the grids of both countries to the Dutch and British wind farms through subsea electricity cables.
Up to 4GW of British and Dutch offshore wind is planned to be developed and connected by an interconnector, providing an additional 2GW of capacity between the countries.
Both the UK and the Netherlands could allow the trade of electricity under the project and further increase the use of offshore infrastructure, mitigating the environmental impact on coastal communities, compared to the current approach in which wind farms and interconnectors are developed and connected separately.
Managing Director of National Grid Ventures, Jon Butterworth said: “Multi-purpose Interconnectors have the potential to act as a key enabler for new offshore wind projects and we’re delighted to be partnering once again with TenneT to deliver an innovative vision to help realise the full green energy potential of the North Sea.”
CEO of TenneT, Manon van Beek commented: “This agreement allows us to work with National Grid in the North Sea to develop innovative infrastructure that uses every spare electron of offshore wind generation to reach our decarbonisation targets.”
British, Dutch offshore wind interconnection plans agreed