ElecLink, the future electricity interconnector between the UK and France via the Channel Tunnel, has obtained another successful decision from the French Conseil d’Etat[i].
The interconnection which will greatly add to both country’s energy security capability looks to have a clearer timeline now that legal requirements have been met.
The construction phase of the project is expected to have commenced by the end of 2016 and continue for three years for the two converter stations and 32 months for the installation of the cable through the Tunnel. Commercial service is expected to commence in 2019.
The more than €500 million investment will be financed by private funds and will generate employment, notably in the Calais area.
This ambitious project will provide improved security of supply and regulation of national production. Within the context of energy transition this issue becomes more and more important where more future production is targeted to come from renewable and intermittent sources.
The first interconnector to be commissioned between the UK and France since 1986, the ElecLink project is distinct from other interconnectors in that its cable will pass through the Channel Tunnel reducing its environmental impact. ElecLink has, as a result, obtained the support of the French and British governments and is recognised as a “Project of Common Interest” by the European Commission.
ElecLink CEO, Steven Moore said, “An investment of this magnitude which helps energy transition whilst leaving such a small impact on the environment is an exceptional opportunity for Kent and the Calais area”.
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