UK and Iceland continue talks on seabed cable connection

UK and Iceland continue talks on seabed cable connection Ship laying interconnector cable between Britain and the Netherlands (source: flickr/ Global Marine Photos, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 28 Nov 2012

The Icelandic and UK governments continue talks on laying an extensive seabed power cable between the two nations to allow the UK to import green electricity from geothermal and hydro power plants in Iceland.

There are ongoing discussions about an electricity cable to be laid between the UK and Iceland. The cable would help the UK to source clean electricity from hydro and geothermal power generation plants in the country of Iceland.

Earlier this year, UK’s Minister of Energy had travelled to Reykjavik for discussions on sourcing power through a cable form Icelandic geothermal resources.

The project, so the Daily Telegraph, would “entail laying the most extensive seabed power cable in the world”. The cost of the cable would be ver similar to building new nuclear power plants.

Hörður Arnarson, head officer for the effort, which is spearheaded by Iceland’s state-backed power firm Landsvirkjun, told the news agency, “This is a technically challenging project, there’s no doubt, but there is no doubt in our mind that it is doable. Both the length and the depth [of the cable needed] has been tested.”

He went on to say, “All our energy production is renewable, with hydro and geothermal production. On top of that, we are producing by far the most electricity per capita- we are producing five times more electricity than a country with this population usually needs.”

Source: IceNews