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16 Oct 20201 minute read

England/France interconnector ready

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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.

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