England/France interconnector ready
National Grid has announced that a new clean electricity interconnector between England France is ready to launch.
The project, undertaken with French electricity distributor RTE, is the second England/France interconnector. The project took seven years of planning and three years of construction.
The 149-mile-long power cable, which runs between Portsmouth and Caen, will allow England and France to share excess zero carbon power.
After one year of operation, the interconnector will have helped avoid 1.2m tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to planting 50m trees. By 2024, three more interconnectors are expected to have been completed, with enough combined power for 8m homes.
After seven years of planning & three years of construction, we're nearly ready to launch our fourth electricity interconnector. The second interconnector developed with @rte_france, #IFA2 will connect #cleanenergy between Great Britain & France.#ConnectingCleanEnergy pic.twitter.com/ZpRuCKkCl9— National Grid UK (@nationalgriduk) October 9, 2020