Viking Link will include approximately 630 km of submarine high voltage direct current (DC) cables which will pass through the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain in the North Sea. Approximately 220 km of this submarine high voltage DC cables will be installed within the British EEZ.

In March 2016, seabed survey works commenced in the Danish waters across the southern North Sea through the German and Dutch waters before terminating in the United Kingdom.  The survey consisted of geophysical, geotechnical and other relevant studies to ensure that all environmental impacts are assessed. Throughout the works, National Grid Viking Link (NGVL) and Energinet were in contact with all identified third party asset owners, local fishing communities and local statutory authorities to advise on the survey activities and programme in the relevant areas. These works have been completed and the submarine cable route between Denmark and the UK has been identified after various investigations and consultations with relevant stakeholders, National Authorities and other organisations.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has also been undertaken for the project to determine the potential impacts on the physical, biological and human environment. The EIA report forms part of the marine licence application for the Viking Link UK Offshore Scheme which bas been submitted to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. A statutory consultation process will be undertaken by the MMO before a decision is made on the application submitted by NGVL.

Further information about the Viking Link UK Offshore Scheme marine license application is available on the MMO website where you can also view and provide comments on the application. Copies of the application are available to view at the MMO and East Lindsey District Council offices.

Contact details:

Marine Management Organisation


Telephone: 0300 123 1032 (between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Mondays to Fridays excluding bank holidays)

Post: Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH

East Lindsey District Council (to view application documents only)

Post: Planning and Building Control, East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth LN11 8UP.


Marine licence applications in other territories

Marine licence applications for the Viking Link Offshore Scheme have also been submitted to the following National Competent Authorities (NCAs) in other territories:

  • Denmark: Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen)
  • Germany: Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, (BSH) which is the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency and the Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie (LBEG) which is the State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology. 
  • The Netherlands: Ministry of Economic Affairs

NGVL and Energinet will continue to engage and discuss our project proposals with the relevant authorities and stakeholders across all its territories.


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