EU invests in priority energy infrastructure


The “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF) programme by the European Commission (EC) is a major European funding instrument to support the Energy Union, which is one of the EC’s policy priorities. CEF promotes the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in transport, energy and digital services sectors. Significant infrastructure projects of TSCNET shareholders are also considered as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) and worthy of support.

PCIs financed by CEF include for example the Viking Link interconnector of the Danish transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet, the SuedLink DC line in Germany – a joint venture of the Dutch-German TSO TenneT and TransnetBW from southwestern Germany – and the joint smart grid project SINCRO.GRID of TSOs ELES and HOPS from Slovenia and Croatia respectively.

Last week, the EU Member States endorsed the EC’s proposal to invest a further €800 million under the CEF in infrastructure projects with high cross-border benefits. The current approval concerns the CEF’s financial support for studies and work on a total of 14 projects. Priority has been given to initiatives to increase competitiveness, improve security of energy supply and contribute to sustainable development and environmental protection.

The EU is investing a further €800m in priority energy infrastructure (illustration based on a picture by EC-Audiovisual Service / Mauro Bottaro)

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Energinet enhances Danish interconnections


The Viking Link cable from Denmark to Great Britain is the largest single interconnector ever to be realised by TSCNET shareholder Energinet, the national Danish transmission system operator (TSO). Its figures are impressive: On a total length of approximately 770km (630km submarine and 140km underground cable), Viking Link will offer a transmission capacity of 1,400MW, which corresponds to the output of 3-4 large offshore wind farms. Energinet’s plans for Viking Link are accompanied by another important European upgrade measure, in this case concerning the power grid in western Jutland and its interconnection to northern Germany.

The latter project involves the replacement of an old 150kV overhead line with a 400kV line in the northern line section and the construction of a new 400kV line in the southern part. The Dutch-German TSO and further TSCNET shareholder TenneT complements Energinet’s efforts by upgrading the grid on the German side of the border, thus further expanding the interconnection capacities. Viking Link and the Jutland upgrade are both appointed as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) by the European Commision, and Viking Link will additionally receive financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility programme.

In late October, the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate has approved to both projects, so that Energinet can invest a total of around 11bn Danish Kroner (about €1,478bn) in their realisation. They will make a significant impact on the Danish and European supply security and the integration of renewables. Besides vast environmental and sustainability effects, Torben Glar Nielsen, CTO at Energinet, also expects considerable socio-economic benefits not only in Denmark but also in the neighbouring countries.

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