The Eurolink Multi-Purpose Interconnector is being developed by National Grid Ventures. Interconnectors are high voltage cables which connect the electricity systems of neighbouring countries. Multi-Purpose Interconnectors could enable interconnection and offshore wind to work together as one combined asset.
The Eurolink project involves the creation of a High Voltage Direct Current transmission cable between the UK and Netherlands. The cables would travel between the two countries whilst connecting to offshore wind farm/s at sea. This would then connect to an onshore converter station at each end of the connection to transform High Voltage Direct Current into High Voltage Alternating Current so that the energy can be fed into the transmission network of each country.
The Secretary of State has exercised powers under section 35 of the Planning Act 2008 to direct that the Eurolink project be treated as development for which development consent is required and the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime is applicable. The developer will as a result be required to apply for development consent where the final decision whether to give permission will be made by the relevant Secretary of State through the granting of a Development Consent Order.