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The National Grid (NG) and Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE) are undertaking the development of a 1,000MW high-voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea and underground cable transmission line between France and the UK.
The project involves the construction of direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) converter stations at Chilling, DC–AC converter stations at Tourbe, an underground chamber to each landing junction to connect the submarine and terrestrial cables and access roads, the laying of 200km of HVDC submarine cables and 28km of HVDC underground cables, and the installation of transformers and power control units.
Studies were conducted between 2012 and 2013.
The project was declared as a Project of Common Interest by the EU in October 2013.
In July 2015, Ofgem granted the regulatory approvals.
In December 2015, the first round of public consultation process completed.
In May 2016, the National Grid (NG) submitted applications for planning permission to Fareham Borough Council and for a Marine Licence to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
In August 2016, MMO has issued a schedule which sets out the permit granting process to be followed by the IFA2 project in Britain and its territorial waters.
As of October 2016, the applications are still in the process of being assessed by the consenting authorities. On shore, the developers are seeking outline permission to build a converter station to the northeast of Daedalus and to provide community open space at Daedalus North, as well as full permission to install underground cables, both at Daedalus and near Chilling.
Prysmian Group has been appointed as contractor to undertake turn-key design, manufacture and installation of a submarine and land power cable link to connect Tourbe in France to Chilling.
ABB has been appointed as contractor to provide two HVDC Light converter stations.
Planning activities are underway and expected to receive the final approvals in 2017.
The construction is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
The project involves the construction of a 1,000MW HVDC subsea and underground power interconnector transmission link between the UK and France.
The US$897 million project includes the following:
1. Laying of 200km long HVDC submarine cables
2. Laying of 28km long HVDC underground cables in France
3. Construction of two DC to AC converter stations
4. Construction of underground chambers to each landing junction