LionLink: Connecting UK and Netherlands with the world’s largest cross-border power line

The UK and the Netherlands join forces in a groundbreaking project, establishing the world's largest multi-use electricity power line to boost energy security and provide green electricity to 1.8 million homes.

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The United Kingdom and the Netherlands have embarked on an ambitious energy project known as LionLink, which aims to connect the two countries through a cross-border power line. Scheduled to be operational by the early 2030s, this initiative will also connect offshore wind farms in the North Sea, providing green electricity to an estimated 1.8 million homes and significantly bolstering energy security in the region.

Collaboration Officials have hailed the LionLink connection as the “world’s largest multi-use electricity power line.” This impressive cross-border electricity cable will be only the second of its kind globally, following the first-ever connection built by Germany and Denmark.

The British government has confirmed that the LionLink will have the capacity to carry more than four times the amount of electricity as its predecessor, boasting an impressive 1.8GW compared to the previous 0.4GW. This makes it the largest project of its kind in terms of capacity anywhere in the world.

Developed jointly by Britain’s National Grid and Dutch electricity network operator TenneT, the LionLink will be capable of moving enough surplus energy between the countries to power Birmingham and Manchester combined.

Energy Secretary Grant Shapps has lauded Monday’s “historic deal” as a significant boost to the UK’s energy security. The partnership also sends a “strong signal to Putin’s Russia that the days of his dominance over global power markets are well and truly over.”

The Netherlands’ climate and energy minister, Rob Jetten, has emphasised that “close collaboration” on offshore wind energy among North Sea countries is “imperative.” The LionLink project exemplifies how countries can work together to enhance energy security, promote green electricity, and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

The LionLink project marks an extraordinary milestone in energy cooperation between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. By connecting these two countries and harnessing the power of offshore wind farms, this world-leading initiative will supply green electricity to millions of homes and strengthen energy security.

Announced at the North Sea Summit in Belgium, the LionLink project signifies a growing commitment among European nations to pursue a greener future. UK, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, and the Netherlands are meeting together in Ostend to discuss their ambitions for building future offshore wind farms. As we move towards a more sustainable future, projects like LionLink demonstrate the enormous potential of international collaboration in revolutionising the energy landscape.

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