World's longest subsea interconnector begins testing

North Sea Link, the 1,400-MW interconnector between Norway and its plentiful hydroelectric reserves and the UK's massive offshore wind capacity, starts testing today. Full commissioning is expected ahead of this winter.

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The first megawatts of electricity will flow between Norway and the UK Wednesday along the longest submarine power cable in the world. Once fully operational Britain is expected to import supplies of low carbon power on a regular basis.

Tests on the 1,400-megawatt, 450-mile long cable will be complete in time to transport power from Norway’s hydro reserves this winter. In return, Britain will be able to send Norway its excess wind-generated power.

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