-Exchange of electricity cross-border is important for Norway. That was especially underlined during the pressed situation in the Norwegian power supply during 2022, when hydro reservoirs in Southern Norway were running low. To ensure optimal utilization of the interconnectors , a good balance between capacity for import and export is essential. To ensure this, we are now setting the capacity to equal that of our British partners, says Statnett CEO Hilde Tonne.
Limitations on the UK side has over time shown that the allocated capacity has been higher from Norway to the UK than from UK to Norway. Statnett is working closely with the UK cable partner National Grid Ventures and UK system operator NG ESO to ensure a balanced set capacity over time.
Statnett has conducted a close dialogue with the UK side about the limitations and has kept Norwegian authorities informed. A recent letter from the Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy has specified that the Government License should be interpreted that capacity should be set with an objective of balanced capacity in both directions over time.
-We are happy for the precision of the interconnector licence made by the Norwegian Government. Cross-border cooperation is essential in the development of a fully renewable energy system. Such cooperation needs to be based on balance and symmetry. Our aim is to ensure maximum capacity on all connections, in order to facilitate optimal utilization of power resources. We are working closely with the UK system operator to make sure that solutions are put in place to facilitate this, underlines CEO Hilde Tonne in Statnett.
The capacity on NSL will be set to a maximum of 1100 MW in both directions. The capacity will be allocated on a daily basis based on grid conditions on both sides.