Link­ing France to UK

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ElecLink is one of the first 15 pro­ject grants ap­proved by INEA. The pro­ject re­gards the in­ter­con­nec­tion be­tween Co­quelles, France and Folke­stone, U.K. and aims to build a 1GW in­ter­con­nec­tor of 70 km pass­ing through the Chan­nel Tun­nel to link the 400kV grids in both coun­tries.

Fund­ing ap­proved by INEA will help “to com­plete a set of stud­ies re­quired to ob­tain the per­mits, au­tho­ri­sa­tions, cer­tain reg­u­la­tory ex­emp­tions and fi­nanc­ing that will al­low the con­struc­tion work to be­gin”, while “fur­ther­more, an In­ter­con­nec­tor Ac­cess Agree­ment will be de­vel­oped and fi­nalised”, said the Com­mis­sion.

The U.K.’s energy pol­icy specif­i­cally has been the sub­ject of heavy crit­i­cism for hur­ry­ing to es­tab­lish a ca­pac­ity mar­ket that al­lo­cates mil­lions to fos­sil fuel plants with­out ad­e­quately ex­am­in­ing al­ter­na­tive op­tions such as in­ter­con­nec­tion to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries and im­prove­ment of the energy de­mand side.

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