Kvilldal is the chosen location for the converter station. It is a small village situated in the South Western part of Norway.
The site has been chosen due to its key position in the central power grid as Kvilldal is home to Norway’s largest modern hydropower station and largest interconnected system of water reservoirs.
The converter station will be built adjacent to the existing Kvilldal hydropower station and will mainly use the existing high voltage grid with some minor adjustments close to the converter station. There will be both indoor and outdoor electrical equipment. An underground land cable will be constructed; this will run from the converter station to Suldalsvatnet lake where it will transition to a long section of subsea cable. On route the cable will pass through a tunnel to Hylsfjorden, via the fjord system and out to the North Sea.
Statnett has been granted planning approval by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Administration for the construction of the interconnector cables and converter station in Norway. Trading license is granted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.