After a construction period of three years, the official completion of the NordLink power line is being celebrated today. With a total length of 623 kilometres, the direct-current highway from Tonstad in Norway to Wilster in Germany is the world’s longest submarine electric cable connection and a key element of Europe’s energy transition. It is the first direct link between the Norwegian and the German electricity markets. Norway is now also an important, reliable partner for Germany in the electricity sector – as it has been in the gas and oil sectors for many years.
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier said: "NordLink is a joint German-Norwegian project and a model of successful grid expansion. The power line will further strengthen the good bilateral cooperation between our two countries and substantially advance Europe’s electricity market integration."
The energy exchange via NordLink will improve the supply security for both the German and the Norwegian power grids and make possible in particular the exchange of power from renewables – hydropower from Norwegian pumped-storage power plants, on the one hand, and wind power from Germany, on the other hand – and also contribute to smoothing fluctuations in power generation. NordLink thus also makes an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and attaining the European climate targets.
Nordlink has been realised by a consortium involving the transmission system operators (TSOs) Statnett and TenneT and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Thanks to the trusting cooperation between all parties involved, it was possible to implement the project, which has been challenging in technical terms, within the planned time. The project has been provided with pro-active backing by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.