National Grid Viking Link has submitted its plans for a proposal to build a 760 km electricity interconnector between Lincolnshire and Revsing in Southern Jutland, Denmark.

Copper, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, provided strategic communications advice and delivered engagement and consultation to support the Viking Link pre-application planning process. During an 18-month programme, across a 70 km route, we engaged with 70 parish councils, thousands of local residents and organised and managed 28 public events that were attended by more than 1,600 people.

The project is being developed to support the UK in meeting its commitments to carbon reduction by providing access to a well-developed, low cost renewable energy market. It will improve diversity and security of energy supply by enabling the import of electricity generated from neighbouring interconnected markets and increasing opportunities to sell electricity.

Subject to gaining planning approval from four local planning authorities, Viking Link is expected to begin construction and installation in 2019 with testing, commissioning and operation scheduled for 2022.