The interconnection between Belgium and the United Kingdom, which will allow the transmission of electricity between the two countries, will be operational from 31 January, was confirmed by the operators of high-voltage networks on Monday. At the beginning of December, a submarine high-voltage cable called Nemo Link, which connects Belgium with the United Kingdom, was opened. It is the result of 10 years of work by Elia and her British colleague, National Grid. Nemo Link is a 140-kilometer double electric cable, of which 130 are located under the sea, and at the end – two conversion stations – Herdersbrug (between Bruges and Zeebrugge) and Richborough. The cable enables 1000 MW of electricity to be transported in both directions, which is approximately the power of the nuclear power plant.
After several weeks, the test cable will carry electricity for the first time on January 31st.
This means that in the event of a Belgian electricity deficit, one could rely on additional capacity of 1000 MW from UK power plants.