Work has begun on the UK’s latest interconnector, the Viking Link, which will link Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire to Revsing in Denmark.
Set to be completed in 2023, the high voltage cable will be the latest addition to the UK’s electricity import capability, which will also see additional capacity come on-line from Ireland, Norway and France.
Greater interconnectivity with Europe is an important part of the UK’s strategy for increasing flexibility and security of supply as more renewables come on-line, allowing excess energy to be bought and sold between countries.
The 765km electricity cable will provide enough renewable energy to power 1.5 million UK homes. According to National Grid’s Mike Elmer, “Viking Link will play a vital role in helping to decarbonise the UK’s power supply on the journey to a net zero carbon energy system”.
By 2030, it is expected that 90% of the UK’s imported electricity will be derived from zero carbon sources.