Transmission - Status today

The power in Norway (and in the Nordic grid), is transported on two main axes:

North – South and West – East. The North – South flow consists of two parts: the transport of power from the North to Central Norway and the power exchange between Norway and the continent. The West – East flow consists of the transport of power from the West of Norway (where the largest power plant and reservoirs are situated) towards Eastern demand centers (Oslo) and the exchange between Southern Norway and Southern Sweden and between Sweden and Finland.

The Norwegian electricity grid is split into three levels: main grid, regional grid and distribution grid. Norway. The main transmission network is divided by Statnett (the Norwegian TSO) in several regions, based on the power and energy balance situation (surplus, deficit and system bottlenecks) in each region. For further information see Statnets's network development plan 2013.

The existing interconnection capacity in South of Norway is 3700 MW: 2050 MW transmission connection with Sweden, 1000 MW with Denmark and 700 MW with the Netherlands. In addition, there are connections between Central Norway and Sweden (1400-1700 MW), between North Norway and Sweden (120 MW) and between North Norway and Russia (50 MW).