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 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
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.
Dec 2019: AQUIND Interconnector Development Consent Order application accepted for examination
Following two rounds of consultation undertaken between January – February 2018 and February – April 2019, AQUIND submitted its DCO application for AQUIND Interconnector to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 14th November 2019. The DCO application was subsequently accepted for examination by PINS on 12th December 2019.
All application documents are available to view on the Application Documents page, together with further information regarding how to make relevant representations in relation to the DCO application.
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