It’s all systems go for power superhighway

An artist's impression of the converter station to be built at Boddam
An artist's impression of the converter station to be built at Boddam

Plans for an electricity superhighway between Scotland and Norway got the backing of the European Union last week, with an agreement to part fund the development phase of the 400-mile interconnector.

Following the positive decision, NorthConnect, a power interconnector project between Scotland’s Aberdeenshire coast and the west coast of Norway, is eligible to receive over 10 million euros to support development of the project.

The money comes from the Connecting Europe Facility, the EU’s funding support programme for infrastructure.

Richard Blanchfield, NorthConnect’s Deputy Project Manager, said: “The decision demonstrates that the European Union considers the NorthConnect Project important to achieving the strategic goals of increasing security of energy supply, and contributing to sustainable development by integrating renewable energy sources across the European Union.”

Tommy Løvstad, NorthConnect’s chief executive and project manager, said: “This is a huge milestone for the project, everyone on the team is very pleased.

“We look forward to further co-operation with INEA and the Connecting Europe Facility.

“Being selected to receive funding from the EU is a 
very positive boost to the project’s momentum, and will give the project owners important support in the challenging development environment.”

On Friday, February 17, the EU’s INEA, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, published its list of energy infrastructure projects that have been selected to receive financial support from the European Union, with confirmation received on Wednesday last week.

NorthConnect is designated as a Project of Common Interest, making it eligible to apply for funding from the Connecting Europe Facility.

The project is due to start construction work in 2019, and is due to be completed in 2022.