Consultation on UK-France interconnector launched

A consultation on plans to build a new power interconnector between the UK and France has been launched. National Grid aims to develop the project which consists of a new […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A consultation on plans to build a new power interconnector between the UK and France has been launched.

National Grid aims to develop the project which consists of a new high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity interconnector, called IFA2, between Hampshire and Normandy.

It also includes an electricity converter station at Daedalus airfield.

It would be the second electricity link between both countries and around is 1,000MW of power is expected to be exchanged.

The grid operator claims the project will enhance security, affordability and sustainability of energy supply for the two nations.

Morris Bray, IFA2 Project Director for National Grid, said: “Interconnectors have an increasingly important role to play in providing alternative sources of electricity for this country and keeping supplies safe, secure and affordable.

“We have worked extensively with local authorities and stakeholders to find an appropriate site for IFA2 and are now delighted to present information on the proposals publicly. We want to hear local people’s thoughts on the proposals and hope to see as many people as possible at our consultation events.”

National Grid will provide information on the project in the Fareham and Gosport areas of Hampshire in December.