The international interconnector between Norway and Germany is approaching realisation
In February 2015, partner companies Statnett, TenneT and KfW made a final investment decision to establish an interconnector between Norway and Germany. The DC NordLink cable will be the first direct connection between the German and Norwegian electricity market. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, and will enter commercial operation from 2020. Statnett has also been granted the necessary licences for an international interconnector to the UK.
Lofotringen sections now part of the main grid
As of 1 January 2015, some of the Lofotringen power supply lines became part of the main grid and Statnett took over operating responsibility. This includes the power line from Hinnøy to Sortland and Melbu in Vesterålen and onwards to Kvitfossen in Lofoten. Statnett will also take over the power line from Kvitfossen to Kanstadbotn once this has been completed. This is scheduled for 2016.
Ørskog-Sogndal to be completed in steps
The new 420 kV power line between Ørskog and Ørsta in the Ørskog-Sogndal project is now in operation. This has improved security of supply in the area from Ørsta and northwards toward Ørskog.
The work to demolish the existing 132 kV power line has started. The work in Myklebustdalen was stopped after Gulating Court of Appeal delivered a ruling on 27 June concluding that Statnett would not gain access to the properties. Later in the year, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) concluded that the licence decision from December 2011 should be upheld. In January 2015, the enforcement officer decided to grant Statnett access to the properties again.
Skagerrak 4 and the Eastern Corridor strengthened transmission capacity to Denmark
Skagerrak 4, the fourth interconnector between Norway and Denmark, entered commercial operation on 29 December. In December, the Eastern Corridor was also completed, a project involving voltage upgrade of the main grid between Kristiansand and Rød in Skien.
Together, these facilities contribute to a more reliable power supply and better opportunities for utilising renewable energy generated in both Southern Norway and Denmark. This has increased transmission capacity between the two countries by 700 MW. As of 1 January 2015, system operation services are provided to energinet.dk.
Measures to improve information security
Statnett has entered into a collaboration with the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), the Norwegian Police Directorate, the National Security Authority, Statkraft and others concerning establishment of a new information security research and education centre in Gjøvik. Statnett supports the centre based on the increasing digitisation of the power supply and the need for high-level information security. Furthermore, Statnett, Statkraft and Hafslund Nett have jointly established KraftCERT AS. KraftCERT will help members of the Norwegian power industry handle and prevent attacks on the companies' IT systems.
New Regulation and Market System (LARM)
In November 2014, a new Regulation and Market System was completed. This will enable implementation of better system operation solutions.
Statnett's former head office in Huseby has been sold
Statnett entered into an agreement with JM and Miliarium concerning the sale of Statnett's former head office at Husebyplatået in Oslo. The agreement relates to the main section of the property at Husebyplatået. Subject to final reregulations, the framework for the sale is approximately NOK 700 million depending on the degree of development.
Ytre Oslofjord completed
The last three cables in Ytre Oslofjord were commissioned on 1 July. The new cable facility, which consists of nine cables, is important for security of supply to the Oslo area and for power trading with Sweden. The facility is 13 kilometres long and situated at a depth of up to 200 metres.
Regional control centres in Sunndalsøra and Alta merged
In March, Statnett decided to merge the regional control centres in Sunndalsøra and Alta. As of 1 September 2016, the regional control centres will be located in Alta and Oslo. This is expected to improve preparedness and security of supply in the power system.
Common price calculation in Northwest-Europe
As of 5 February 2014, the Nordic and Western European power markets were connected through a common power price calculation model. In May, the power markets in Portugal and Spain were connected, thus joining the price coupling initiative in northwestern Europe. This means there is now one common price calculation model for 17 European countries. This will create a larger and more liquid European market, and contribute to optimising the benefits of investments in the power system.