Viking Link trading goes from chaotic to difficult after Brexit deal

Although the British exit from the EU's inner energy market entails uncertainty and more troublesome trading, it has no impact on the rationale of the forthcoming power interconnector between the UK and Denmark.

Although the interconnector isn't expected operational until the end of 2023, work on Viking Link has long been underway. Photo shows cable work in Western Jutland, Denmark. Photo: Red Star / Energinet

Fish have rarely been the subject of such intense political focus as was the case during negotiations between the EU and UK. Especially in the final month before the Brexit deal was signed on Dec. 24, the distribution of cod and haddock seemed to be the absolutely most daunting challenge faced by the Brits and their neighbors across the North Sea.

Far smaller was the concern over what lurks beneath that same seabed: power cables currently connecting the British and EU power grids with a transmission capacity of 6 GW and growing to what will correspond to roughly a tenth of the UK's power generation over the coming three years, once a handful of new connections expectedly commission and double transit capacity. Among these are the Viking Link interconnector with Denmark.

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