Nemo Link® is the name of a project to construct an electrical interconnector between the UK and Belgium known as the Nemo Link® interconnector. It is a joint project between National Grid Nemo Link Limited, a subsidiary company of the UK’s National Grid Plc, and the Belgian Elia Group.
The Nemo Link® interconnector will consist of subsea and underground cables connected to a converter station and an electricity substation in each country. The link would connect the electricity systems of the two countries, allowing power to flow in either direction.
The proposed site for the converter station and electricity substation in the UK is an eight hectare site, formerly occupied by the Richborough Power Station, which now forms part of the Richborough Energy Park proposals. A similar converter station and substation is proposed in Zeebrugge, Belgium.
The project will give both countries improved reliability and access to electricity and sustainable generation, as well as contributing to downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.
The project aims to be in commercial operation by 2018.
In September 2013, Nemo Link® submitted new planning applications to Thanet and Dover District Councils for the development of an electrical interconnector between the UK and Belgium. Applications F/TH/13/0144 and DOV/13/00143 have therefore been withdrawn.
National Grid Nemo Link Limited was granted an electricity interconnector licence by the Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) in March 2013.
More information on this project can be found on our dedicated The Nemo Link® interconnector project website.