Northconnect – Technical and socioeconomic aspects


The Norwegian chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and the Norwegian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE) invite you to the webinar

Northconnect – Technical and socioeconomic aspects

 Thursday, May 7th 2020, 12:00-15:00

Webinar on Blackboard Collaborate


The existing HVDC capacity from the Norwegian system is 1 700 MW, and it will increase to 4 500 MW when the projects NordLink (1 400 MW link to Germany) and North Sea Link (1400MW link to England) are commissioned by Statnett in 2020 / 2021. Also, NorthConnect, a joint venture between Lyse, Agder Energi, Hafslund E-Co and Vattenfall, has applied for licenses to construct and operate a 1 400 MW HVDC connection between Sima in Hardanger, Norway and Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Within Norway, there has been a lot of discussions about the latter. On the economical side, a 2019 analysis by NVE indicates that NorthConnect would be economically viable but may increase energy prices and grid tariffs. On the technical side, another 4200MW of HVDC capacity would require up to 8400MW of additional regulating power in a worst-case scenario. How this impacts the electrical power system security? On the environmental side, what is the impact on renewable power development? Not least, non-TSO ownership is also a part of the discussion.

This webinar will shed light over these topics and give you updated information directly from the source.


  Date and Time




  • Date: 07 May 2020
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT+01:00) Europe/Oslo
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  • Online, Sor-Trondelag
  • Norway

  • Co-sponsored by NAEE


12:00   Welcome
Erick Alves, IEEE PES / Jørgen Bjørndalen, NAEE

12:05  Northconnect, technical aspects including special design issues
John Gleadow, Northconnect

The technical aspects of Northconnect’s 1400 MW HVDC system will be presented together with some special design issues: minimization of converter and substation footprint on the Scottish side; dynamic overload capability and possible multi terminal options including an evaluation of a North Sea HVDC hub for electrification of oil and gas installations.

12:45   NorthConnect – NVE’s overall assessment 

Ellen Skaansar, NVE
NVE was commissioned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to give an overall assessment of NorthConnect. This presentation will give an overview of NVE’s report on the topic with emphasis on market effects.

13:25  Break

13:35  HVDC connections – challenges for system operation
Tom Tellefsen, Statnett
Today the Norwegian power system has 1700 MW of HVDC link capacity to Denmark and the Netherlands. 2800 MW HVDC capacity to Germany and England are under construction, resulting in a total HVDC capacity of ±4 500 MW. What are the operational challenges and how to handle them?

14:10   Integration via interconnectors: Climate effects
Torjus Bolkesjø, NMBU
General benefits related to integration of electricity markets and technologies; financial and climate impacts. In his presentation, he will provide a dynamic perspective.

14:55   Wrap-up

Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact the IEEE PES chairman Erick F. Alves or the NAEE chairman Jørgen Bjørndalen


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