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Britain-Denmark power link delayed until 2023 - developers

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LONDON (Reuters) – The start-up of a power link between Britain in Denmark will be delayed by a year to 2023, developers said on Thursday.

Viking Link, being developed by Britain’s National Grid <NG.L> and Denmark’s Energinet, will allow 1,400 megawatts of electricity to be exchanged between the two countries when built, enough to power about 1.4 million homes.

Power flows were initially due to start in 2022, but the developers said a delay in receiving the planning permission it needs from one of four local councils in Britain mean it is now scheduled to start in 2023.

“Contracts for the construction and installation of the interconnector will be awarded in 2019 after the required consents and licences have been achieved,” National Grid and Energinet said in a joint statement.

(Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by David Goodman)

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