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The world's longest submarine cable

The world's longest submarine cable

30-10-2017 13:00:00

Today, the Minister of Energy has given the green light to the 750 km Viking Link power cable between Denmark and the UK at a price of approximately 11 billion DKK. It will be the world's longest DC power cable and will ensure Denmark high security of supply and better electricity trading opportunities in the future.

"Strong electricity connections abroad are crucial for a small nation like Denmark. We will be able to sell our power in a larger market when we have a surplus of renewable energy. At the same time, we get a larger supply of power to Denmark when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. Strong electricity connections to our neighbors thus contribute to ensuring cheap and reliable power for consumers and to keep the value of wind up," says Energy, Supply and Climate Minister Lars Chr. Lilleholt.

The Viking Link cable will go from Vejen in South Jutland to about 170 km north of London in England, whereas most of the cable will be located in the North Sea. The transmission capacity of the connection will be 1,400 MW, equivalent to just over one third of the average Danish electricity consumption.

Regarding Viking Link, the high-voltage grid between Holstebro and the Danish-German border is expanded into two projects. Overall, Denmark will invest well over 11 billion DKK in establishing the three major construction projects, which together will be the largest single Danish investment in electricity infrastructure so far.

Net, Denmark will increase exports as a result of the new connection with the UK. At the same time, Denmark will also increase imports through the new connection to Germany.
It is Energinet, which formally stands for the Danish investment in the grid.

Source: Energi-, forsynings- og klimaministeriet / Maritime Denmark

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