Nemo link recently held an inauguration event to officially ‘switch on’ the 80-mile-long subsea electricity cable between the UK and Belgium.
The interconnector, 30 metres under the North Sea, is a remarkable feat of engineering that is set to deliver more secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
The launch event, held at the Nemo Link converter station in Herdersbrug near Bruges, was also a great opportunity to recognise the efforts of the Nemo Link team, JV partners and key suppliers.
The theme was Connecting Futures, demonstrating how National Grid and Elia are working together to make energy systems in the UK and Belgium better for consumers.
Over 200 guests were in attendance, including attendees from BEIS, Ofgem and the British Embassy. Speeches from CEO John Pettigrew, UK Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm and an interview with Elia CEO Chris Peeters were followed by a ceremonial ‘switch on’ by Alex Chisholm (BEIS), Marie Christine Marghem (Minister of Energy in Belgium), John Pettigrew and Chris Peeters.
About Nemo Link and interconnectors
Nemo Link, connecting the UK and Belgium, is the first electricity interconnector to the UK in over seven years. Construction on the project, which sees an 80-mile-long subsea electricity cable from Richborough in Kent to Herdersbrug in Belgium, started in 2015. Final tests are now taking place ahead of planned operation in Q1 2019.
Interconnectors are the perfect tool to deliver a smarter and cleaner energy system for UK and Belgian consumers. Pooling energy resources across different national markets enables British consumers to access the lowest price electricity available. They bring greater security through more diverse sources of supply and make sure renewable energy flows from where we have an excess to where it is needed most.
We are investing a further £2 billion in the coming years to deliver more connections to the UK. By 2024 we expect to be operating at least six subsea interconnectors: IFA, IFA2, BritNed, Nemo Link, North Sea Link, and Viking Link.