Eastern Link: an underwater energy superhighway that will turn the North Sea into Europe's hidden power station
Iberdrola, through its subsidiary ScottishPower, will participate in the construction of Eastern Link, a multi-million-dollar project consisting of a large underwater power line linking Scotland to the north east of England.
Peterhead and Torness (Scotland)
Total installed capacity
4 million homes
Beginning of construction works
The Eastern Link project will have some of the longest underwater HVDC cables in the world, with a combined capacity of 4 GW, and will play a vital role in achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions.
The cables will significantly increase the United Kingdom's capacity to deliver clean, green and renewable energy and will supply four million homes within a 440 km radius, from the east of Scotland, a hub for offshore renewables, to two locations in the north east of England, Selby and Hawthorn Point.
The project will be built by SSE, ScottishPower and National Grid — three of the UK's leading energy companies — from two locations in Scotland: Peterhead and Torness. Construction work is scheduled to begin from 2024 and survey works have already begun along the route.
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Almost 1 GW of wind farms are already in operation off the east coast of Scotland, and a further 4.4 GW is in the pipeline. Furthermore, some 10 additional GW are predicted following the outcome of the next round of tenders for offshore wind energy in Scotland, Scotwind.
This multi-billion-pound investment is expected to secure hundreds of jobs in both the construction and operation of the project.