ElecLink and GridLink interconnectors are moving ahead.
proposed HVDC links between UK and France, ElecLink
have shown great progress in H1-2021. The two links represent 2.4
GW of transmission capacity between the two countries.
has initiated tender for site preparation works, for a converter station
at Kingsnorth in Kent. The scope of the work includes all design, engineering,
procurement, manufacture, supply, site preparation, civil works, construction
and installation required for the remediation and enabling work at Kingsnorth
The first element of the work covers land clearance, soil remediation,
bulk excavation and backfilling of a 4.4 hectare (ha) site area, for the
preparation of a working platform. The second element involves the preparation
of a 1.6 ha site for a temporary construction laydown area. And the third
work element includes the preparation of a 1.2 km access road. The work
is scheduled to start by 30 September 2022.
is a 1.4 GW HVDC interconnector spanning 160 km which is scheduled to go
online by 2025. The 525 kV link has already obtained planning permission
for the construction of the converter station and associated works at Kingsnorth
in Kent from Medway Council. GridLink
has applied for Environmental Authorisation and Maritime Public Area Utilisation
Rights in France, and the decision on the application is expected in Q1-2022.
Meanwhile, another under-construction link between UK and France, the 1GW
completed the cable installation phase on 25 May 2021. The 320 kV HVDC
project is expected to commission by mid-2022.