The Dutch and Danish TSOs, TenneT and Energinet.dk, have decided to look into the possibilities of establishing a power link between Denmark and The Netherlands. The purpose of the link, preliminarily entitled COBRA, is to allow for the integration of more renewable energy into the Dutch and Danish power systems and to increase security of supply. The power link will also help to intensify competition on the north-west European power markets.
"Strong power links between the European countries make it possible to integrate markedly more wind energy into the European power systems," says Peter Jørgensen, Vice President, Electricity System Development, Energinet.dk.
"In the next four years, we must integrate 40% more wind energy into the Danish power system, and The Netherlands also has grand expansion plans for their wind energy. A power link between Denmark and The Netherlands will therefore be highly beneficial to both countries as we can export power to The Netherlands when we produce a lot of wind power and import power from The Netherlands when there is no wind in Denmark," continues Peter Jørgensen.
A power link between Denmark and The Netherlands is in line with the EU's ambitions for a stronger and more interconnected European electricity transmission grid and will contribute to the development of a more international, sustainable power market, which is a main priority in European energy policy.
Lex Hartman, Director Corporate Development, TenneT TSO B.V. "This COBRA initiative is a good contribution for the many Dutch plans to construct new power plants and offshore wind parks. A new interconnector would make it possible to increase electricity exports."
The link will be a DC cable similar to the existing power links from Jutland to Norway and Sweden and from Zealand to Germany. The Netherlands already has a power link to Norway, and another power link to Great Britain is under construction.
In the coming months, TenneT and Energinet.dk will carry out the technical and economic investigations. A business case is expected to be ready in the first half of 2009, identifying factors such as socioeconomic benefits, cable capacity, investment requirement and commissioning date.
Provided the project is subsequently approved by the supervisory boards of the two enterprises, the necessary environmental and planning approvals will be applied for. The project must be finally approved by the governments of the countries involved; in Denmark by the Danish Minister for Climate and Environment.