Work starts on the worlds longest electricity interconnector: The construction has begun on what is claimed to be the ‘world’s longest electricity interconnector‘.
The new infrastructure will allow the UK and Denmark to share renewable energy through a 765 kilometre-long high-voltage cable, the Viking Link’s first phase of construction will see Siemens Energy developing the Denmark and UK converter stations on both ends of the link.
Work will start with the creation of a Bicker Fen converter station site 2.4 kilometre-long road in Lincolnshire – the road will allow the operational vehicles to access the site once the converter station is completed in 2023 and is expected to take nine months to complete.
The £1.7 billion cable will have the capacity to be able to supply renewable energy to power 1.5 million British homes, once completed in 2023.
Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth said: “Not only will this scheme create local green-collar jobs across the county, but it will also bolster our energy security, reduce bills for consumers and give our home-grown renewable generators a greater chance to export zero-carbon electricity around the world.”
Viking Link Project Director for National Grid Ventures, Mike Elmer commented: “Viking Link will enable access to a cleaner greener supply of electricity, which will make energy more secure and affordable for consumers.”
Work starts on the worlds longest electricity interconnector