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Improving the supply of electricity in Europe

The connection of different European countries to each other is an important means of improving, strengthening and ensuring the long term security of electricity supplies to consumers.

GridLink interconnector is a new 1.4GW high voltage electricity interconnector between Great Britain and France helping each country to meet its energy needs for the next 25 years.

Once operational, GridLink will transport sufficient electricity to supply 2.2 million households in France and the UK.

Introducing GridLink

GridLink is a significant new infrastructure project that will lay two High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cables under the sea to connect Dunkerque in France and Kingsnorth in Great Britain.

Its total subsea route length will be 137km, making it one the shortest interconnectors between Great Britain and Europe. GridLink is a major step forward in addressing Great Britain and France’s future energy needs.

GridLink has been selected as a Project of Common Interest (PCI) by the European Commission. PCIs are key cross border infrastructure projects that link the energy systems of European countries to help achieve energy policy and climate change objectives. As a PCI, GridLink has also been successful in securing a development funding grant of up to €15.1 million from the Connecting Europe Facility, a European funding initiative developed to direct investment into strategic infrastructure projects.

Why build an interconnector?

Interconnectors improve the connection of power producers to consumers, including enhancing the distribution of renewable energy and providing security in case of any interruptions to electricity supply caused by weather conditions, difficulties at electricity producers or faults on the network. As a result, it will also help lower the cost of electricity for consumers, industry and business.

The interconnector will also make a sizeable contribution to reducing carbon emissions by enabling the displacement of fossil fuels by other sources of energy. The projected reduction is up to 20 million tonnes of CO2 over the lifetime of the project.

Co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union