Welcome to NeuConnect
The NeuConnect Interconnector will create the first direct power link between Germany and Great Britain, connecting two of Europe’s largest energy markets for the first time.
Around 720km of subsea cables will form an ‘invisible highway’ allowing up to 1.4GW of electricity to move in either direction, enough to power up to 1.5 million homes over the life of the project.
The NeuConnect Interconnector will help power the future
with an energy supply that is:
The first direct link between the British and German electricity networks will offer a more diverse and sustainable supply, offering much needed resilience, security and flexibility in each market.
The new link will significantly increase choice and competition in the British and German markets. This could lead to millions of consumers and businesses benefitting from reduced electricity prices.
By connecting Germany and Great Britain the project will promote the integration of renewable energy sources.
The investment in proven, reliable technology offers the British and German networks greater efficiency and flexibility to deal with the changing demands of industry, businesses and consumers.
The vital new link will carry enough electricity to power up to 1.5 million homes over the life of the project. The delivery of the project will also create significant economic benefits and the project will support up to 500 jobs during construction.
NeuConnect is targeting 2023 for project completion, helping meet Britain’s future energy needs and delivering significant benefits for consumers, businesses and industry in less than 5 years.
NeuConect indicative delivery timeline
Initial approval received from Ofgem
700km of seabed surveys complete
Tendering process underway for main contracts
Planning applications submitted in UK & Germany
Final approval from Ofgem & German regulator expected
& Contract Awards
Laying of sub-sea cables & substation construction work
Testing and commissioning of internconnector
Project completed & begins operation
NeuConnect was granted prospective Project of Common Interest (PCI) status by the European Commission in 2019.
Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) are key cross border infrastructure projects that link the energy systems of different countries. They are intended to help these countries achieve key energy policy and climate objectives: including securing affordable, secure and sustainable energy for all citizens, and the long-term decarbonisation of the economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
A link to the European Commission’ website which has more information on PCIs can be viewed at: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/infrastructure/projects-common-interest
Once PCI project status has been confirmed, the Trans-European Network – Electricity (TEN-E) regulations will apply. A link to the UK’s Manual of Procedures under the TEN-E Regulations can be found at:
We have submitted an outline planning application to Medway District Council for the GB onshore elements of the scheme, and this can be viewed online on the Council’s Planning Portal using reference: MC/19/3015.
The GB Offshore licence application has been submitted to the MMO and is pending validation. Once validated it will appear on the MMO Public Register of Applications which can be found at: https://marinelicensing.marinemanagement.org.uk/mmofox5/fox/live/MMO_PUBLIC_REGISTER/