4 Mar 2002 – National Grid Group, the company which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, is considering projects which would establish links with the grid systems of three European countries, according to a report in the Independent on Sunday.

The paper said National Grid would approve an undersea cable link from the UK to Norway this summer although all the projects remained in the early planning stage.

The Norwegian link would involve a 700 km (450 mile) cable under the North Sea with the estimated &pound400m ($568m) development costs being shared with Norway’s state grid firm Statnett. The link would grant access to the Nordpool group of Scandinavian countries where supply of power is heavily dependent upon rainfall for hydropower production.

National; Grid is also in talks with Dutch grid operator TenneT with a view to establishing a £250m link to Holland.

A second subsea link between the UK mainland and island of Ireland is also on the table. The project would also cost in the region of £250m and would be a joint venture with Ireland’s ESB with the link connecting from Wales.