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Location of NorNed
Country Norway, Netherlands
Coordinates 53°26′4″N 6°51′57″E / 53.43444°N 6.86583°E / 53.43444; 6.86583 (NorNed - Eemshaven Static Inverter Plant)
58°16′58″N 6°51′55″E / 58.28278°N 6.86528°E / 58.28278; 6.86528 (NorNed - Feda Static Inverter Plant)
General direction north–south
From Feda, Norway
Passes through North Sea
To Eemshaven, Netherlands
Ownership information
Partners Statnett, TenneT
Construction information
Manufacturer of conductor/cable Nexans
Construction started 2006
Commissioned 2008
Technical information
Type submarine cable
Type of current HVDC
Total length 580 km (360 mi)
Power rating 700 MW
AC Voltage 300 kV (Feda), 400 kV (Eemshaven)
DC Voltage ±450 kV
Number of poles 1[1]

NorNed is a 580-kilometre (360 mi) long HVDC submarine power cable between Feda in Norway and the seaport of Eemshaven in the Netherlands, which interconnects both countries' electricity grids. It is the longest submarine power cable in the world.[2] Budgeted at €550 million, and completed at a cost of €600m,[3] the NorNed cable is a bipolar HVDC link with a voltage of ±450 kV and a capacity of 700 MW. NorNed is a joint project of the Norwegian transmission system operator Statnett and its Dutch counterpart TenneT; the cable system itself and the two converter stations were produced by ABB.


Installation of the first sections was started in early 2006; the final section was laid by the end of 2007. On the Dutch shore, TenneT has connected the cable to the 380 kV Dutch high‑voltage grid. In Feda, Statnett has done the same for the 300 kV Norwegian transmission grid. Commercial operation started on 5 May 2008 with a capacity auction. The first commercial power transfer took place on 6 May 2008.[4]

After two months of operation, the cable generated revenues of approximately €50 million. In the business case drawn up for the NorNed cable, annual revenues were estimated at €64 million.[5]

NorNed has been included in European Market Coupling Company operations as of 12 January 2011.[6] The internal grid in Norway is sometimes not capable of handling enough power for NorNed and Cross-Skagerrak, and capacity for these cables is then artificially limited.[7]


Although classed as a "bipolar" HVDC scheme, the NorNed scheme is unusual for a Line-Commutated (thyristor-based) HVDC scheme since there is just one 12-pulse converter at each end of the scheme, midpoint-grounded at Eemshaven. With voltage-source converter-based HVDC systems, this arrangement with the two high voltage cables at equal and opposite voltages but only a single converter at each end is referred to as a Symmetrical monopole.

Consequently, with a DC voltage of ±450 kV, the converter for the NorNed project has a terminal to terminal DC voltage rating of 900 kV, making it (as of 2012) the highest voltage rating of any HVDC converter in the world.


Site Coordinates
Eemshaven Converter Station 53°26′4″N 6°51′57″E / 53.43444°N 6.86583°E / 53.43444; 6.86583 (NorNed - Eemshaven Converter Station)
Feda Converter Station 58°16′58″N 6°51′55″E / 58.28278°N 6.86528°E / 58.28278; 6.86528 (NorNed - Feda Converter Station)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]>The NorNed Project (ABB website)[dead link]
  2. ^ Skog, J.E., van Asten, H., Worzyk, T., Andersrød, T., Norned – World’s longest power cable, CIGRÉ session, Paris, 2010, paper reference B1-106.
  3. ^ NorNed operational NorNed, 6 May 2008. Retrieved: 23 August 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ "NorNed auction expected to start Monday May 5" (Press release). TenneT. 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-05-05. [dead link]
  5. ^ "NorNed cable off to a promising start" (Press release). TenneT. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2008-07-21. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Marketcoupling on NorNed-cable" (Press release). TenneT. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-15. [dead link]
  7. ^ Lie, Øyvind. "Statnett forsvarer struping av Norned"(Norwegian) Teknisk Ukeblad, 17 January 2014. Accessed: 12 January 2015.

External links[edit]

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NorNed cable (old version)

Statnett and TenneT are installing the world's longest submarine high voltage cable between Norway and the Netherlands. This animation gives a short overview about this extraordinary cable project.

NorNed 2


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NorNed - Helicopter stunt

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175 news items


Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:55:02 -0700

De 580-kilometerlange NorNed-kabel is in 2008 opgeleverd en kan 700 megawatt stroom transporteren. Overdag levert de kabel ons elektriciteit uit de Noorse stuwmeren, 's nachts gebruiken de Noren de stroom uit onze windmolens. Een even grote kabel ...

Hydro International

Hydro International
Thu, 15 May 2014 15:09:10 -0700

MMT, Sweden, has been awarded the SK4 & NorNed protection survey contract by Statnett, Norway. The aim of the offshore survey is to provide Statnett with a Terrain Model (DTM) of the cable and associated trench and berms (where present), as well as a ...
Teknisk Ukeblad
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:59:54 -0700

Under årets kontroll av NorNed-kabelen ble det avdekket en torpedolignende gjenstand på NorNed-kabelen. Funnet ble gjort i dansk farvann på den norske delen av kabelen, skriver Statnett i et brev til Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat (NVE) som ...
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:38:33 -0700

Har funnet mulig torpedo på Norned-kabelen. Statnett har funnet en torpedolignende gjenstand på Norned-kabelen som går fra Feda i Vest-Agder til Nederland. Gjenstanden kan inneholde sprengstoff. Torpedo 1. Denne topedolignende gjenstanden ble ...
POWER magazine
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:43:56 -0700

Nordlink will be the first direct power link between Germany and Norway, but it will join several other major HVDC links already in operation, including the 700-MW, 580-km NorNed link between Norway and the Netherlands that came online in 2008, and the ...
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 07:27:40 -0800

The longest subsea power cable currently in operation is the 580-km NorNed cable from Norway to the Netherlands, which Statnett took part in building as well. $1 = 0.8393 euros) (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, additional reporting by Sarah McFarlane ...

Deutsche Welle

Reuters UK
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:03:59 -0800

In 2008, TenneT completed the 580 km, 700 MW NorNed cable between the Netherlands and Norway, and in 2011 the 260 km, 1,000 MW BritNed cable from the Netherlands to the UK. Norway also plans to build another interconnection of 1,400 MW capacity ...

NL Times

Windpower Monthly (subscription)
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:37:30 -0700

In 2008, Tennet commissioned the 700MW, 580-kilometre NorNed link between the Netherlands and Norway. It also constructed the 1GW, 260-kilometre BritNed cable between the Netherlands and the UK, which came online in 2011. Energinet operates ...

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