Norway is a world leader in the field of renewables, generating more than 90 percent of inland electricity from hydropower.
National Grid has hailed the North Sea Link a “major milestone” in the UK’s push for net-zero by 2050.
North Sea Link also marks the National Grid’s fifth interconnector to Europe, including links to Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
By 2030, 90 percent of the electricity imported by National Grid will be from carbon-free sources, saving the UK some 100 million tonnes of carbon emissions – the leading cause of global warming.
Greg Hands, UK Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change Minister, said: “The UK has a strong energy bond with Norway that goes back decades. North Sea Link is strengthening that bond and enabling both nations to benefit from the flexibility and energy security that interconnectors provide.
“As we prepare to host the UN COP26 summit, this pioneering partnership shows first-hand how crucial international cooperation will be in helping us to deliver on our net-zero ambitions and provide clean renewable energy to millions of UK homes.”