NordLink is a 623 km long high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link between Norway and Germany. The 1,400 MW interconnection rated at ±525 kV will be the first direct power link between the German and Norwegian electricity markets enabling power trading of renewable energy between the two countries.
The NordLink project includes two converter stations, an overhead line system and a cable system. One station will be situated near Tonstad in southern Norway and the other near Wilster in northern Germany. The overhead line system with an overall length of 53 km will be located in Norway. The cable system will be installed with a route of 516 km subsea both in Norway and Germany, and 54 km underground in the German sector.
The project helps to increase energy security in Norway and Germany, and contributes to the increased integration of renewable energy. It will allow surplus wind and solar power produced in Germany to be transmitted to Norway, and hydroelectric power to be transmitted the opposite direction.
NordLink is a cornerstone for a new integrated European Union (EU) energy market and supports the EU climate targets for CO2 reduction.
The project is estimated to be completed in the end of 2019 with trial operations in the beginning of 2020 and commercial operations later the same year.