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European Commission approves offshore interconnector

Wed 30 Sep 2015 by David Foxwell

European Commission approves offshore interconnector
The interconnection will be the first using grid connections to offshore windfarms

The European Commission has approved the revised technical layout for the world’s first offshore interconnection using national grid connections to offshore windfarms. The Kriegers Flak – Combined Grid Solution is being developed by transmission system operators (Denmark) and 50Hertz (Germany). The project will receive funding up to €150 million from the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).

Funding underlines the importance of interconnectors for the formation of a common energy market in Europe. An integrated market will enable energy production at lower costs and increases the security of supply. The new connection will also help manage the energy transition process in both countries, enabling renewable energy to be transmitted over long distances and across borders. The interconnection is planned between the Danish region of Zealand and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Germany. It will have a capacity of 400MW. Operation is planned to start by the end of 2018.

Germany already has two offshore windfarms in the area, Baltic 1 (48MW) and Baltic 2 (288MW). Denmark is preparing to erect the Kriegers Flak (600MW) windfarm. Kriegers Flak and Baltic 2 are less than 30km apart, and will be connected by two submarine cables to establish the interconnector.

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