Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East of England, has today visited the National Grid site in Blyth for an update on the North Sea Link (NSL) project, partly funded by the European Union.
The NSL is an electricity link between Norway and the UK, connecting the electricity systems of the two countries via high voltage subsea cables from Kvilldal in Norway to Blyth in the UK, thus helping both countries to meet domestic and international renewable and climate change targets.
Once it becomes operational in 2021, it will be the longest subsea interconnector in the world.
The project has also seen the creation of many jobs for local people and now has a visitors’ centre on site.
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said: "It's always a pleasure visiting the NSL site in Blyth to watch how the interconnector has developed and this time I was especially excited about the new visitors centre that will provide the local community, children and the wider North East with the opportunity to learn about climate change, renewable energy and interconnectors.
"North Sea Link staff have been fantastic at engaging pupils from around the local area and I would encourage all schools in the North East to consider a day trip to Blyth to see how it all works.”