UK MMO issues decision for 1,000MW UK-French IFA2 electrical link

14 December 2017 (Last Updated December 14th, 2017 10:07)

High-voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector project IFA2 is set to proceed after receiving all required consents in the UK.

UK MMO issues decision for 1,000MW UK-French IFA2 electrical link
The IFA2 link between the UK and France. Credit: © Crown copyright.

High-voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector project IFA2 is set to proceed after receiving all required consents in the UK.

The UK’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO) issued a comprehensive decision for the 1,000MW link project under the TEN-E Regulations.

IFA2 will run between the transmission systems in Hampshire, UK, and Normandy, France.

“IAF2 will help increase the security, affordability and sustainability of power supplies in both nations.”

The MMO’s senior marine licensing manager Matthew Kinmond said: “This is the first comprehensive decision from the MMO under the TEN-E Regulations and the first in the UK for a cross-border and multiple consenting regime interconnector project.

“It represents a major milestone for the IFA2 project.”

The project is being carried out by National Grid IFA2 and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE).

National Grid IFA2 head Dave Luetchford said: “Enhancing Great Britain’s energy connection to France will bring a number of benefits, including increasing security of electricity supplies for both countries and providing opportunities for shared use of renewable energy.”

Once completed, IAF2 will help increase the security, affordability and sustainability of power supplies in both nations.