NordLink submarine cable pulled in to Germany

Jun 27, 2019

On 19 June the subsea cable was pulled on land and by that the project has reached an important milestone. NKT is turnkey supplier of this part of the project.

Done shot from NordLink onshore construction site

Proud of successful project and important milestone

I am very proud of the work we have done so far. Thanks to a great cooperation within the project and with the support of the rest of the organization we have succeeded. The pull in was very successful, and the cable was pulled in in only 1,5 hours, says Magnus Larsson-Hoffstein, NordLink Senior Project Manager in NKT.

Tennet send out a press release stating that -NordLink, the “green cable”, which will directly connect the energy markets of Germany and Norway for the first time to allow the exchange of German wind energy and Norwegian hydropower, has achieved another important milestone. “With today's successful pulling of the subsea cable beneath the land protection dike, we have practically completed the laying of the NordLink subsea cable,” said TenneT Managing Director Tim Meyerjürgens, “Now we are starting the successive laying of the 54-kilometre-long land cable section from Büsum Dike to the Wilster converter site.”

NKT – turnkey supplier

NKT designs, manufactures and installs the world’s first 525 kV MI (mass impregnated) cable system in the German sector. It includes 154 km of submarine and 54 km of underground cable route. The system will simplify the interconnection of the grids and have the capacity to transmit 1,400 MW of renewable energy, which is enough to meet the power needs of about 3.6 million German households. 

NKT does not only supply the cable system, but also ensures top quality and precision when it comes to installation and maintenance. We carry out the installation with our state-of-the-art cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria and guarantee safe long-term operation through a five-year cable service agreement. 

Background on the project

The consortium behind NordLink, which includes utilities Statnett and TenneT, has more than one important reasons for constructing the link: Among others, it supports the European Union’s target for CO2 emission reduction by allowing greater integration of renewables. The surplus wind and solar power produced in Germany, which must be used as it is produced, can be transmitted to Norway. 

Furthermore, at the other end of the link, Norway can export more stable hydropower to help Germany meet the daily power demand. With the hydropower being used as a battery to balance the wind and solar power generation, the link efficiently balances out fluctuations in demand, both daily and seasonal. 

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