16 November 2023
Elia and Statnett will investigate the economic and technical feasibility of a hybrid interconnector that will link Norway to Belgium
The grid operators Elia (Belgium) and Statnett (Norway) are investigating the feasibility of constructing a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) hybrid interconnector that would link Belgium and Norway to offshore windfarms.
If it is constructed, the subsea cable will link the high-voltage grids of both countries together whilst also being connected to Norwegian offshore wind farms (making it a hybrid interconnector). The study being undertaken for this potential project has no impact on the realisation of TritonLink, the hybrid interconnector which is due to be constructed between Belgium and Denmark.
- The feasibility study is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
- Offshore wind from the North Sea and (hybrid) interconnectors will play a crucial role in Belgium's future energy supply.
- Norway holds a significant amount of wind and hydropower potential, and its renewable energy production patterns are complementary to Belgium’s, allowing our country to sustainably electrify our industries and households.