Neuconnect secures grid connection agreement with TenneT

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 17/12/2021 NeuConnect

Developer behind NeuConnect and TenneT have finalised a connection agreement to secure the German grid connection point for the electricity interconnector between the UK and Germany.

NeuConnect is a privately-financed £1.4bn (€1.6bn) interconnector that aims to establish the first direct link between UK and German networks. It will allow up to 1.4GW of electricity to flow in either direction and includes 700km of subsea cable between the UK and Germany.

On the German side, NeuConnect and electricity transmission system operator TenneT have now signed a connection agreement for the link to connect into the German energy grid in the Wilhelmshaven region of northern Germany.

Securing the German connection agreement with TenneT joins a similar connection agreement secured on the UK side with National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET), and builds on the strong progress being made across the NeuConnect project – major planning works have been completed or nearing completion; lands have been secured for onshore works in Germany and the UK; and key planning approvals received.

NeuConnect is targeting reaching financial close in the coming weeks which would allow major construction works to start later in 2022.

NeuConnect CEO Christophe Vanhove said: “Securing our German connection agreement is another important milestone for NeuConnect and brings this vital new energy link between the UK and Germany an important step closer. We look forward to working with TenneT to help deliver greater energy security and support Germany’s ambitions for green energy growth.”

TenneT COO Tim Meyerjürgens said: “The planned interconnector supports our efforts to make the German power grid more flexible, to improve the security of electricity supply, to transport more renewable energies across borders and thus to strengthen the North-western European energy market.”

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