The UK and Belgium have agreed to work closely on the path towards decarbonisation and future energy interconnection.
On 23 February, Energy Ministers from both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), dedicated to deepening the UK and Belgium’s bilateral relationship and allowing for closer working on important energy priorities, including low carbon hydrogen, along with carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), offshore wind and multipurpose electricity interconnection.
UK Energy Minister, Greg Hands, said the agreement will strengthen joint energy security and reduce exposure to global energy prices, while his Belgian counterpart, Tinne Van der Straeten, added: “The existing electrical interconnector, Nemo-Link, is one of the best performing interconnections in the world. The new link, which would be connected to the energy island, is a hybrid interconnection. This dual function means that power can be exchanged directly between the two countries and new wind farms can also be connected to it.”