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National Grid and Denmark’s have announced the start of a study to look at the possibility of a first electricity power connection between Great Britain and Denmark. Work will start immediately with the aim to compete it by the end of 2012.

This new ‘pre-feasibility’ study is a very early stage to examine the possibilities for a new subsea cable, which would offer an option for interconnector trading between the two countries. The study will look at different technical solutions, possible project benefits, potential routes and landing points, the capacity of the cable and potential commissioning timetable.  It will also examine how the new cable would help countries export and import renewable power, as well as being part of a future North Sea ‘super grid’ to connect offshore wind power. Great Britain currently has three operational cable interconnectors with Ireland, France and the Netherlands, and there are projects looking at connections with Norway and Belgium and increasing capacity with France and Ireland. Denmark has interconnectors with Norway, Sweden and Germany, and is currently building a new interconnector to Norway and is investigating the possibility of establishing an interconnection between Denmark and the Netherlands.