Plans for a pioneering renewable energy interconnector between Scotland and Norway have moved a step closer.

Aberdeenshire Council has backed proposals for onshore works in the north east of Scotland for the 1.4GW North connect interconnector between the two countries.

The ground-breaking venture, which was set out by partners Agder Energi, E-CO, Lyse and Vattenfall in 2011, will join the National Grid to Norway via a £650 million subsea cable.

“This major investment is an opportunity for the north east economy, it will help keep the lights on in Scotland, press down on household electricity bills and allow the green powerhouses of Scotland and Scandinavia to deliver their low carbon potential,” said NorthConnect project manager, Richard Blanchfield.

The next stage of the project will see plans submitted for the sea-based element of the interconnector.