NordLink breaks down in trial operations

In: CablesInterconnectors
17/09/2020
The 1.4 GW NordLink failed during the trial operations and caused significant disruption in the Nordic countries on 10 September 2020 at 10:11.

Finland’s transmission system operator, Fingrid has reported short-term changes in voltage and frequency due to
NordLink failure. At least one power plant in Finland was disconnected from the grid.

Submarine cable providers, NKT and Nexans were awarded EPCI contracts for
Nordlink. On 7 September, Nexans announced the first electric current went through the Nordlink cables. A capacity of 70 megawatts was transferred from Norway to Germany, and the corresponding capacity was returned. NKT has also indicated that they are moving towards final steps of the submarine cable.

The 623 km long interconnector will connect the German and Norwegian energy markets for the first time. Electricity from wind and hydropower will be exchanged to ensure a share of renewables in the energy mix.

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