Thorough job by the Hardanger committees
”Statnett’s impression following a preliminary review of the reports on the question of power lines or a subsea cable in Hardanger, is that the four committees have done a thorough job with difficult problems in a relatively short amount of time.
We think the work has contributed to establishing a good basis for the coming process and the political decision the authorities must make”, says Executive Vice President Gunnar Løvås in Statnett, commenting on the reports that have now been presented.
We will take a closer look at the reports before we comment on them in detail, but for the most part we concur with the committees’ descriptions and assessments related to both the need for investments in the transmission grid in Hordaland and regarding the subsea cable alternative. According to Committee 2, the security of supply in Hordaland is worse than what is expected from a main grid in Europe.
Statnett shares the committees’ assessment that it is technically feasible, but also complicated to build and operate a subsea cable connection.
“Moreover, we note that the committees believe that the costs are higher than Statnett’s previous estimates,” says Løvås.
Statnett notes that two of the committees believe that it is possible, as regards timing, to choose a subsea cable connection and manage operations in an interim period. We agree with the committees that this presumes that a separate price area is established in Bergen, that there is a substantial risk of more power cuts and that investments should be made in gas power production at Mongstad.
In addition, Statnett believes that such a solution assumes that consumption in the region will not increase and that investment in new renewable energy in the region will only occur to a limited degree before a long-term grid solution is in place.
Statnett shares the opinion that this is a matter of a political choice. Does the government want a subsea cable connection? Is it willing to make the necessary investments and deal with the technical challenges, as well as accept the disadvantages in an interim period? We look forward to clarification of these questions.
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