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Vattenfall and TenneT to explore cable under the English Channel

Vattenfall and Tennet are exploring the possibility of running an undersea cable via forthcoming offshore wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands across the channel to the UK.

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The series of undersea cables between Europe and the UK might soon be joined by yet another. Although this cable would be considerably different than existing types. The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is cooperating with German-Dutch system operator TenneT to explore the technical possibilities, regulative challenges and economic advantages of running an undersea cable from the designated offshore wind farm site IJmuiden Ver to one of Vattenfall's own transformer stations in the UK. The project will be named "Wind Connector".

The main idea is for the Dutch and British power grids to thereby become further integrated, without having to invest in the standard, expensive installation costs for undersea connections. As the cable and transformer station can service an offshore wind farm as well as connect the two countries, costs would be significantly lower, Vattenfall writes in a press statement.

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