AQUIND Interconnector will increase competition across energy markets, improve security of supply and help foster greater renewable power integration.
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AQUIND Limited (‘AQUIND’) is developing proposals to build a new High Voltage Direct Current (‘HVDC’) marine and underground electric power transmission link between the south of England and Normandy in France – AQUIND Interconnector.
AQUIND Interconnector will have capacity to transmit approximately 5% of Great Britain’s total electricity consumption – enough to keep the lights on in up to 4 million British households.
It will make a significant contribution to improving Great Britain’s security of electricity supply and achieving greater affordability by improving competition, making Great Britain’s energy market more efficient and enabling greater energy flexibility.
Further, AQUIND Interconnector will help to integrate a greater proportion of non-fossil fuel energy sources and intermittent renewables generation into Great Britain’s
In July 2018 the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy directed that AQUIND Interconnector should be treated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (‘NSIP’). This means that the construction and operation of AQUIND Interconnector can only be consented by a Development Consent Order (‘DCO’) made by the Secretary of State under the Planning Act 2008.
AQUIND anticipates the DCO application for the Proposed Scheme will be submitted in 2019 after pre-application consultation has been undertaken and the findings have been fully considered when further developing and refining the proposals. It is estimated that AQUIND Interconnector will become operational in 2022.
AQUIND is committed to consulting with the local community, affected landowners and relevant stakeholders in order to achieve the best possible scheme, with the input of all parties.
We will update this website with further information as the plans progress.