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700MW Cobra link gets green light

TenneT, Energinet.dk approve 300km line between Netherlands and Denmark

700MW Cobra link gets green light image

Dutch transmission system operator TenneT and Danish counterpart Energinet.dk have given final approval for the development of the 700MW Cobra interconnector.

The 300km subsea HVDC line will connect the power grids of the two nations and completion of the scheme is scheduled for early 2019.

“An important purpose of Cobra is to allow for the integration of more renewable wind energy into the Dutch electricity system,” said TenneT chief executive Mel Kroon.

“The cable will make an significant contribution to the realisation of a sustainable international energy landscape, which is an important goal of the European Union and TenneT.”

Energinet.dk chief executive Peder Østermark Andreasen added: “Cobra is good news for the European electricity market. The connection will improve competition in north-western Europe and society will benefit from it. It will also improve security of supply in both Denmark and the Netherlands, to the benefit of consumers and industry.”

The cable will run from Eemshaven in the Netherlands to Endrup in Denmark. Converter stations will be built on the mainlands in both countries.

Image: the converter station for TenneT's NordNed cable in Eemshaven (TenneT)

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