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UK approves $1.45 billion subsea link with France

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UK energy regulator Ofgem has approved the development of the proposed £1.1bn ($1.45bn) Aquind undersea and underground electricity cable between UK and France.

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Being developed by Aquind, the privately-funded interconnector is designed to add additional capacity of 2GW to the UK power grid.

Scheduled to be commissioned in 2021, the subsea high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric power transmission line will connect northern France's nuclear-powered electricity grid to southern England.

Aquind non-executive director Lord Callanan said: "The UK needs affordable, reliable new capacity. Interconnectors offer just that and we are looking forward to progressing to the next phase of development.

"Furthermore, our interconnector will be online quickly - in five to six years - while the alternatives being discussed, such as new nuclear generation, can take more than ten years.”

Aquind expects the interconnector to contribute to lower energy prices while reducing the country’s per capita carbon footprint.

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