Europe signs MOU for North Sea grid

EUROPE: Ministers from 10 European countries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop an offshore grid to serve northern Europe.

The aim of the project is to connect the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe to the 140GW of offshore projects planned for the North Sea.

The MOU's signatories are: the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

The next step will be to discuss planning, technological, regulatory and legal issues.

In November, the European Commission identified a North Sea grid as one of four connections necessary to ensure the EU's electricity network is able to transport power produced by wind and other renewable sources.

Other recommendations included the development of connections in southwest Europe to transport wind and solar power, and stronger regional networks in central and southeast Europe.

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