A billion pounds is to be spent building the world's longest undersea electricity cable from Northumberland.
The 700 mile long link will connect electricity supplies from Blyth to Norway, and onto Germany.
It is expected to create hundreds of jobs for the region by 2020.
The process involves a thick twist of wire which lies under the seabed.
It is called an interconnector - and there are already four of them linking the south coast to Holland and France, as well as the west of the country to Ireland.
But this project is far more ambitious. It will be the longest subsea interconnector in the world linking us to Norway and Germany.
It will take around three years for the link to be built from the Northumberland coast to Norway.
It will be three metres under the seabed and the whole thing would carry around one and a half gigawatts of electricity.
The end of the wire will be here at East Sleekburn near Blyth. But the plans are part of a larger scheme for the south east of Northumberland.
Professor Phil Taylor is from the institute of sustainability at Newcastle University. He's in favour of the project but says maintaining power supply is key.
The cable will carry enough electricity to boiling more than half a million kettles at any one time. Work will start in 2017 with a view to complete it in 2020. Frances Read ITV News Blyth.
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