Public Consultation related to Permit Applications in France

GridLink Interconnector Ltd intends to positively engage with the general public, local communities, local businesses and all statutory and non-statutory stakeholders in relation to the development, construction and operation of the GridLink project.

We welcome public consultations related to the development, environmental impact assessment and permitting of the proposed interconnector, and intend to take all comments and recommendations into account in our planning, design and implementation.

Following the prior consultation phase, the next step in the public consultation process in France comprises stakeholder engagement related to the preparation of the environmental impact assessment and permit application files.

The preparation of the environmental impact assessment and permit application files started after the completion of the prior consultation phase in April 2018.  However, it is also necessary that technical surveys, engineering studies and regulatory procedures are completed to support the assessment and permit applications.  These surveys, studies and procedures have been affected by a delay of appropriately 12 months and, therefore, there has been a similar delay to the environmental impact assessment and associated implementation of the lessons learned from the prior consultation phase.  Hence, GridLink Interconnector Ltd expects to start the next phase of public consultations in mid-2019.  During the interim period, GridLink Interconnector Ltd has carried out meetings with the key interest groups to inform them of progress and the updated schedule for implementing the lessons learned for public consultation.

Please find links to the documents related to public consultation in France below:

  1. Minutes of meeting with AQUANORD (FR)
  2. Minutes of meeting with ADELFA Assemblée de défense de l’environnement du littoral Flandre-Artois) (FR)
  3. Minutes of meeting with freshwater fishermen (FR)
  4. Minutes of meeting with chamber of agriculture (FR)
  5. Minutes of meeting with professional fishermen (FR)
  6. PowerPoint slides from consultation meetings (FR)