Our key tasks

We are primarily tasked with providing power transmission services, system services and facilitating the energy market. Our core tasks follow from our appointment as grid operator under the Dutch 'Elektriciteitswet' (E-wet) and the German 'Energiewirtschaftsgesetz' (EnWG).

 

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Innovation

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Our grid

TenneT manages the high-voltage grid in the Netherlands and large parts of Germany. TenneT transmits electricity at 110,000 volts (110 kV) and higher. With over 22,000 kilometres of high-voltage lines, we cross borders and connect countries.

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Grid maps

Maps of our onshore and offshore high-voltage grid.

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Electricity market

The energy sector is developing rapidly. The process of European market integration began some years ago. Its purpose is to create a single European market that enables market parties to trade gas and electricity across national borders easily and efficiently.

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Transparency data

We provide transparency data on our operations on our Dutch and German transparency page and on ENTSO-E. 

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COBRAcable

TenneT and Energinet.dk – the operators of the Dutch and Danish high-voltage electricity grids – are installing a high-voltage direct current submarine cable that will interconnect the electricity grids of the two countries.

Facts

Onshore

  • In the Netherlands: 1 kilometre of onshore cable and a converter station
  • In Denmark: 25 kilometres of onshore cable and a converter station

Offshore

  • Offshore in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark: 300 kilometres 

Project status

  • 2016 Start construction
  • 2019 Completion

Interconnection between the Netherlands and Denmark

The COBRAcable will have a capacity of approx. 700 MW, will be around 325 kilometres long, and will run from Eemshaven (the Netherlands) to Endrup (Denmark) via the German sector of the North Sea. Two onshore converter stations – one in the Netherlands and one in Denmark – are needed to connect the cable to the existing grids. 

The construction of the COBRAcable will produce benefits for both countries. More renewable energy can be imported, particularly wind energy generated in Denmark. Safeguarding the security of supply is very important to Denmark. The COBRAcable will make Dutch capacity structurally available to the Danish electricity grid, and vice versa. The connection will also be designed in such a way as to enable the connection of an offshore wind farm at a later stage. This will contribute to the realisation of a sustainable international energy landscape, a key aim of the European Union. 

EU support

The COBRAcable is a cross-border project of European significance. The European Commission has therefore allocated a subsidy to the project under the EU Economic Recovery Plan, and has designated the COBRAcable as a Project of Common Interest (PCI). This preferential status is assigned to energy infrastructure projects that meet a number of specific criteria. 

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Start works converter station in Eemshaven

On 3 January 2017, TenneT and its Danish partner Energinet.dk drove the first pile into the ground for the construction of the Dutch converter station of the COBRAcable, a 700 MW subsea electricity connection that will link the Dutch and Danish grids. Nienke Homan, a member of the Groningen Provincial Executive, Marijke van Beek, mayor of Eemsmond, and TenneT COO Ben Voorhorst together performed the opening ceremony by starting the first pile-driving procedure. 

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