Statnett owns all grid facilities and manages capacity at the highest grid level
The highets grid levvel is called the transmission grid. In addition, we own some facilities outside the transmission grid. Statnett is also the transmission system operator (TSO) for the entire power system, which means we are responsible for monitoring all interfaces with both the transmission grid and the regional grid. The TSO is also responsible for other aspects of the grid, such as frequency management, voltage regulation, protection and relay plans, functional requirements for systems and facilities, data collection, etc.
Whenever increased power exchange will affect the transmission grid, the connection must be cleared both with Statnett and with the local grid operator to which the facility is to be connected. When you connect to a local grid operator, it is the grid operator who makes this clarification with Statnett on your behalf as the end customer.
In the vast majority of cases, new grid customers will be connected via a local or regional grid operator. It will probably only be relevant to perform an assessment when connecting major power exchanges (from the order of 300 MW and upwards) to the transmission grid.
As a first step, therefore, you should always contact your local grid operator about your need for capacity. They will guide you through their process and contact Statnett to clarify the capacity in the transmission grid. If your local grid operator and Statnett determine that your project should be connected directly to the transmission grid, the customer dialogue will be transferred to Statnett, and you will follow our process for direct customers. As a rule, this will only be relevant for a small number of industrial customers with particularly high power needs – or major power producers. For all other customers, the dialogue will be with your local grid operator.
Here, we provide an overview of the various steps in the process, both for local grid operators and for our direct customers. At the bottom of the page, you will also find answers to frequently asked questions, a form for sending enquiries about capacity