• AQUIND Interconnector will increase competition across energy markets, improve security of supply and help foster greater renewable power integration


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 per annum – enough to keep the lights on in up to 5 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
energy mix.

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.

March 2021: Examining Authority concludes examination of AQUIND Interconnector DCO application

The Examining Authority appointed by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) concluded examination of a Development Consent Order (DCO) application for AQUIND Interconnector on 8 March 2021.

The examination began in September 2020 and involved significant engagement between AQUIND, stakeholders and members of the public as part of a rigorous independent assessment of the scheme.

The PINS-appointed Examining Authority now has three months to make a recommendation to the Government, which will make a decision on whether to grant development consent.

Throughout the examination process, AQUIND engaged with statutory and other stakeholders and has since put in place mitigation measures based on the feedback it received.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or would like further information about AQUIND Interconnector, please contact the project team via via freephone 01962 893 869 or email aquindconsultation@becg.com.