Netherlands and UK expand energy collaboration

The Netherlands is starting to join the renewables dots after announcing plans for a wind powered-connected electricity link to the UK.

Dubbed ‘Lion Link’, the interconnection aims to support decarbonisation, market integration and strengthen security of supply. Connecting offshore wind via the first cross-border direct current cable of this size would be an important next step towards an integrated offshore grid in the North Sea.

LionLink aims to be a multi-purpose interconnector, which is designed to link a Dutch offshore wind farm of 2GW to both countries via sub-sea interconnectors. This multi-purpose interconnector aims to make more efficient use of the infrastructure, accelerate the delivery and integration of offshore wind, whilst mitigating the impact on coastal communities with fewer individual connections and reduced infrastructure.

Minister Rob Jetten, Climate & Energy, said with the North Sea becoming the largest supplier of green electricity for the Netherlands and large parts of Europe, it is ready to expand the interconnection between the two countries.

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