Current status and future trends of grid cables, electricity interconnectors and pipelines in the North Sea
Offshore linear energy infrastructure may cover a greater area than the offshore wind farm itself, cross country borders, pass through environmentally sensitive areas and interact with other marine activities and users. The role of MSP for grid development is to ensure effective routing, configuration and location of grid infrastructure. MSP can help by identifying areas of least constraint to locate cable corridors which match up offshore energy resource to suitable grid connection points on land, whilst carefully routing around environmentally sensitive areas.
There is an increasing need to understand the current and future spatial demands for submarine cables in the NSR. Countries are faced with the need to accommodate those cable systems already in service as well as the growth of new connections and networks that are being installed to serve energy generation and distribution policies. The European co-funded NorthSEE project addresses these challenges directly. The report is specifically focused the status quo of offshore linear energy infrastructure, the future trends, grid connection points, interconnectors and interconnection demand in the NSR.