National Grid and Dutch transmission system operator Tennet are working on plans for a multipoint interconnector that would connect offshore wind farms to both countries.
The plan involves simultaneously connecting 4GW of British and Dutch offshore wind, providing an additional 2GW of interconnection capacity between the countries.
By developing a multi-purpose interconnector, rather than point to point links, the aim is to reduce cost and environmental impact.
Beis and Ofgem currently seek views on how to better co-ordinate offshore grids and whether regulatory change is required to facilitate them.
If National Grid and Tennet’s plan proves feasible, the TSOs hope to make the link operational by 2029.