Back up power promised for bridge

The bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden will be getting its own reserve power station promised bridge authority

Power shortages and terror attacks leave the Øresund Bridge vulnerable to power outages, according to the Øresund Bridge Consortium. Bridge authorities hope to change that by building a reserve power station on the artificial island of Peberholm.

Bengt Hergart, production manager of the Øresund Bridge Consortium, said fear of a terror is not the main reason for the decision.

'First and foremost we ensure an electricity supply, especially against forces of nature,' said Hergart to public service broadcaster DR. 'But clearly, it would also increase the safety in the event of a terror attack.'

The four km tunnel that connects Denmark to Peberholm is especially vulnerable as the ventilation system is powered by electricity. In the case of a fire or if trains need to be evacuated from the tunnel, electricity is also needed. A reserve source would also power the operational centre of the bridge and all subsequent systems.

The Øresund Bridge had to be shutdown during a 2003 power outage that left most of Zealand and southern Sweden without electricity for hours.

No timeline has been given for the project as of yet. Hergart said the new power generating station will not obstruct the view from the bridge and will most likely not be visible from land.

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