Nemo Link, the first ever power cable between the UK and Belgium, has reported outstanding performance figures as it celebrates its first full year of operation.
The subsea cable has been available to import or export power more than 96% of the time in the last 12 months, making it one of the highest performing assets of its kind in the world.
Nemo Link was the first subsea high-voltage direct current (HVDC) project in the world to use cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cable technology to increase the strength and efficiency of the 1,000 MW link. It’s also the first channel interconnector to offer power traders the ability to buy capacity closer to real time through hourly nomination gates. The real-time service allows market participants to respond quickly to sudden changes in supply and demand, thereby reducing the potential for spikes in power prices.
Electricity flows have been primarily in the direction of the UK over the last 12 months, with 5889.4GW hours of energy being imported into the UK and 175.9GW hours exported to Belgium.
Jon Butterworth, CEO of National Grid Ventures, said: “In the last year we’ve seen how Nemo Link has used innovative new technology to bring significant benefits to Belgian and British energy consumers.
“By enabling the market to react immediately to rapid changes in supply and demand, Nemo Link helps to better balance an energy system that is more reliant on intermittent wind and solar energy.
“In the coming years, interconnectors like Nemo Link will play an increasingly important role; as we look to share renewable energy resources across borders, to help the UK and Europe get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
Stretching 80 miles from Herdersbrug on the Belgian coast to Richborough in Kent, Nemo Link is a joint venture between National Grid and Belgian transmission system operator Elia, and is National Grid’s third interconnector to Europe. It began operating on 31 January 2019, offering a range of products that enable energy traders to move electricity back and forth between the two countries.
Interconnectors are just one example of National Grid’s world-class transformational engineering, helping the UKs journey to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
By 2030, Nemo Link, together with the rest of National Grid’s interconnector portfolio, will provide enough electricity to power up to eight million homes with 90% zero carbon energy. Our Carbon Dashboard allows you to see exactly how much of a difference our interconnectors are making to reduce carbon in real time.
For more information, visit the Nemo Link website.