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New 2 GW power interconnection project planned between France and the UK

14 Jan 2020

The Planning Inspectorate, the public agency in charge of national infrastructure planning applications in England and Wales (United Kingdom), has accepted the application for development consent for the 2 GW Aquind power interconnection project between the United Kingdom and France. The Aquind project is a proposed subsea High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission line between Lovedean, near Portsmouth, on the South Coast of England (UK) and Dieppe (Normandy, France) with a capacity to transmit up to 16 TWh/year. The total cost of the project is estimated at £1.1bn (around €1.3bn). In September 2016, Aquind was granted an interconnection license from the British energy regulator Ofgem to develop the project. Construction could start in 2021 if the Planning Inspectorate grants a development consent order and the project could be commissioned in 2023.

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