Project Information

The NEED FOR INTERCONNECTORS

Interconnectors are part of how the European energy market moves to a sustainable future and GridLink will contribute to the transformation.

The market’s many challenges relate to meeting environmental targets while overcoming the aging of existing infrastructure. Meeting these challenges requires both greater use of renewable energy and an improved transmission network to distribute energy and ensure security of supply.

PROJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST

The European Commission awarded GridLink the status of Project of Common Interest (PCI) in 2017. This recognises the project’s key contribution to realising Europe-wide goals related to energy policy and climate change.

Please use the link below for information on Projects of Common Interest:

INFORMATION LEAFLET

GridLink intends to positively engage with all stakeholders throughout the development phase, construction works and during operation of the interconnector. We have prepared this information leaflet as a short introduction to the overall project

For more detailed information, please see our non-technical summary and environmental impact assessment.

Please find a link to the Information Leaflet below:

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY

In addition to our information leaflet we have set out a non-technical summary of the project.

Please find a link to the Non-Technical Summary below:

For more detailed information on environmental issues, please see our environmental impact assessment.

TECHNICAL STUDIES

We have designed the interconnector to the highest industry standards and to deliver optimal efficiency when it comes online in 2024. The design also takes into account ways to minimise environmental impacts during construction and operations by ‘building-in’ best practices and mitigation measures from an early stage.

UK GRID CONNECTION​

GridLink carried out a study of the network constraints in the UK with National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET).

FRANCE GRID CONNECTION​

GridLink carried out a study of the network constraints in France with réseau de transport d'électricité (RTE).

environmental impact assessment

  1. Avoid, wherever practicable, negative effects on the environment;
  2. Reduce any negative effects that cannot be avoided as much as reasonably practicable;
  3. Compensate for any potentially significant residual effects.

GridLink’s impact on the environment is one of our primary concerns and we have taken environmental issues and constraints into account from the start of the project.

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PERMIT APPLICATION FILES

Building and operating the new GridLink interconnector requires a number of permissions, authorisations and licenses (together known as “permits”) from regulatory authorities in the UK and France.

The main permits that are required in the UK are:

The main permits required in France are:

Our applications

All applications for permits will be submitted in accordance with applicable national laws and regulations. The applications for the main development consents and approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment are expected to be submitted in Spring 2020.

Please find links to the application files below:

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