After three years of construction, Norway and Germany have inaugurated NordLink, a 623-kilometer “direct current highway” between the two countries. The undersea cable connection is the longest in the world.
“NordLink is a joint German-Norwegian project and a paradigm of successful grid expansion,” said German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier at the opening ceremony. “The connection will further strengthen the excellent bilateral cooperation between our two countries and is a major step in integrating the European electricity market.”
The power connection will increase the stability of the two countries’ electricity supplies and enable them to exchange renewable power in particular, for instance, Norwegian water-generated electricity and German wind-generated power.