Linking France to UK
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.