The purpose of the new 420 kV power line that Statnett is planning from Skaidi to Varangerbotn is to facilitate both increased consumption and production of electricity in Finnmark.
The line is an extension of the Balsfjord - Alta - Skaidi power line, which was granted a licence from the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) in May 2012. The line will ensure Finnmark a strong bidirectional supply and thus good security of supply in line with plans for increased consumption in the region.
By now the amount of consumtion in the east of Finnmark is to small to justify the investment. We have to wait until more consumtion is to be established.