1GW ElecLink Received Major Approval from IGC
Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, Intergovernmental Commission (IGC), has
agreed to the ElecLink
through the Tunnel. This new development will allow the completion of the
construction phase of the proposed HVDC
and completion of converter stations in Folkestone and Peuplingues, now
connected to the National Grid and RTE networks respectively.
The decision follows the authorisation obtained in October 2020 to carry
out connection tests between the converter stations and the high voltage
The cable installation is scheduled to commence in February 2021, and will
be finished in summer 2021. The cable pull will take place during scheduled
maintenance nights in the north rail tunnel.
‘This decision is the result of in-depth and rigorous work by our teams,
who produced extremely detailed safety studies, as well as the excellent
quality of dialogue and the trust established with the IGC and its committees.
ElecLink will contribute to the robustness of European supply and to the
energy transition: our shareholders, our state regulators and all of our
partners look to the future with each step forward in the project,’
Yann Leriche, Getlink’s Chief Executive Officer, commented.
The 65 km long ElecLink
France and UK electricity systems through the Channel Tunnel. There
will be no lay and burial of the link. The cable will be laid by a specially
The proposed 320
kV link is
scheduled for commissioning in mid-2022.
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