The technical license is an extension of the construction license granted to a previous subsea cable project between Norway and the UK (NSI) in 2001. The new license is valid until 1 October 2043, and includes acceptance for changes recommended to achieve a more robust route and tunnel solution.
“This is an important milestone for the project, and enables us to continue our ongoing work to realise this new interconnector according to plan,” says project manager Thor Anders Nummedal.
The license includes a number of specific orders regarding the impact on the surrounding environment and continued agricultural activity in the area. The project manager is positive to this.
“We have a constructive partnership with local authorities and stakeholders. Our goal is to continue our good dialogue and to find good solutions together with local authorities and affected land owners,” Nummedal stresses.
Statnett has also applied to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) for an interconnector license for the project, which is necessary for trading power between Norway and other countries. This is currently under consideration.
NSN is owned 50-50 by Statnett and the UK’s National Grid.
An investment decision for the project is scheduled for 2014, and the plan is that the project will come online within 2020.
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