Plant demolished to make way for interconnector

The cooling towers of an old power station in Kent have been demolished to make way for a new electricity interconnector with Europe. The site of the former Richborough Power […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The cooling towers of an old power station in Kent have been demolished to make way for a new electricity interconnector with Europe.

The site of the former Richborough Power station will be the home of a new energy park, where the National Grid plans to build Britain’s first ever electricity link with Belgium.

It will be a joint project between National Grid and Elia, the Belgian transmission system operator.The 1000MW undersea cable between Zeebrugge and Richborough would allow power to flow in both directions.

Kevin Lee, business development manager at National Grid said: “Interconnectors are going to have an important role in making sure the country has security of supply and bringing about a competitive European electricity market.”

The project aims to be in commercial operation by 2018.