The Viking Link Electricity Interconnector Project was included in the European Union's List of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) under The Regulation for the trans-European energy infrastructure (EU 347/2013) (hereby referred to as the TEN-E Regulation) on 18 November 2015. The list was adopted by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/89 and the Viking Link project is therefore a PCI.

For more information on PCIs please visit the European Commission’s website at http://ec.europa.eu/energy/infrastructure/pci/pci_en.htm

The TEN-E Regulations have been developed to ensure the timely development and inter-operability of energy networks in European Union Member States and the Europe Economic Area (EEA). It sets out guidelines for streamlining the permitting processes for major energy infrastructure projects that contribute to European energy networks.

The following authorities will be responsible for coordinating the TEN-E process for Viking Link marine license applications across all territories with a view to granting the required consents and permits.

UK

  • Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) formally known as the Department of Energy and Climate Changes (DECC)
  • Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

Download the Department for Energy and Climate Change Manual of Procedures for TEN-E projects at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311184/uk_man

Denmark

  • Energistyrelsen (Danish Energy Agency). 

Download the Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen) Manual for PCI projects (in Danish) http://www.ens.dk/undergrund-forsyning/el-naturgas-varmeforsyning/pci-projekter-faelles-europaeisk-interesse

Germany

  • Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency);
  • Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany)
  • Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie (Land Office for Mining, Energy and Geology)

View the Federal Network Agency's (Bundesnetzagentur's) process for PCI projects (in German / English) http://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/cln_1421/DE/Allgemeines/DieBundesnetzagentur/Internationales/Energie/PCI/pci-node.html

Netherlands

  • Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA)
  • Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

View the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) process for PCI projects (in Dutch) http://www.rvo.nl/subsidies-regelingen/projecten-van-europees-belang

Viking Link has submitted the following documents to the MMO in the UK in line with the TEN-E Regulations:

PCI Notification Letter was submitted in July, 2016. The purpose of the letter was to provide a formal notification under article 10)(1)(a) of the TEN-E Regulations. The MMO has formally accepted the notification and confirmed that the project has reached a satisfactory position within it’s’ development phase to submit application for consents in line with the TEN-E Regulations.

PCI Notification Letter (July, 2016)

Confirmation of acceptance of PCI Notification Letter (October, 2016)

Concept for Public Participation (CfPP) was submitted in October, 2016. The purpose of this document was to provide the necessary information to satisfy the requirement for consultation and engagement intended to aid the consent applications in Great Britain. The CfPP has been formally accepted by the MMO.

Concept for Public Participation (October, 2016)

Confirmation of acceptance of the CfPP (November, 2016)

Read more about our submissions in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

Read more about how we consult with the stakeholder here.