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October | 2014 | NSN Link

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Licence granted in Norway for North Sea Link

On 13 October, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy granted Statnett a licence to construct an interconnector linking Norway and the UK. This is an important milestone in the project’s development.

The decision means that the project has been licenced to enable Norway and the UK to trade power. The North Sea Link project already has a planning approval for the construction planned in Norway.

Executive Vice President Håkon Borgen in Statnett said: “We are very pleased that the Ministry has now issued the licence for the planned subsea cable to the UK. This is an important step towards realising the project as planned.”

North Sea Link granted planning permission from Northumberland County Council

On 7th October 2014 National Grid North Sea Link Limited was granted outline planning permission from Northumberland County Council for a converter station and cable landing in the East Sleekburn area.

This is an important milestone for the project, which will connect the UK’s electricity system to Norway’s and allow electricity to flow in either direction between the two countries.

Mark Pearce, Planning and Consents manager for National Grid said:

“We are delighted that outline planning permission has been granted as the East Sleekburn site is ideally suited for the development. We look forward to working with the local authority, community and interest groups as the project progresses.”