A reliable electricity supply for the UK and France
AQUIND Interconnector will allow transmission of electricity in both directions, enabling GB and France’s electricity grids to manage fluctuations in consumption and production more effectively. This will improve the reliability of electricity supply in both countries.
It is estimated that AQUIND Interconnector will have sufficient capacity to transmit up to 16,000,000 MWh of electricity annually between GB and France, accounting for approximately 5% and 3% of their respective total electricity consumption and enough to keep the lights on in up to 4 million British households*.
* Based on the average household electricity consumption of 4MWh/year, DECC, Energy Consumption in the UK (2015), Chapter 3, p. 7, http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160510033717/https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energyconsumption-
Promoting energy market competition
AQUIND Interconnector will make a significant contribution to improving GB’s security of electricity supply and achieving greater affordability by improving competition, making the GB energy market more efficient and enabling greater energy flexibility. This should ultimately benefit consumers via increased access to lower prices due to competitive pressures on domestic energy generators.
Tapping into cleaner sources of energy
AQUIND Interconnector will help to integrate a greater proportion of nonfossil fuel energy sources and intermittent renewables generation into the GB energy mix. It is also expected that electricity imported from France will have much lower CO2 intensity . This will reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation plants and in turn reduce GB's CO2 emissions from the burning of such fuels.
No overhead lines
AQUIND Interconnector will use well-tested and reliable
cable technology. Burying the cable along the whole
route avoids the need for the construction of overhead
lines and their associated visual impact.
Investment in energy infrastructure
AQUIND Interconnector represents a significant
investment in the UK’s energy infrastructure and is
being developed without government subsidies.