IFA to return to service with reduced capacity

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 15/10/2021 National Grid

National Grid announced that it plans to reduce the outage time of the 2000 MW Interconnexion France Angleterre
(IFA) interconnector following a fire at the project's UK converter station last month.

The interconnector is now expected to come back online with a 1000 MW capacity on 20th October, ahead of the 23rd October date National Grid had previously published.

Following a detailed assessment, the remaining 1000MW of capacity will be brought back following extensive work. National Grid plans to bring 500MW back to service from October 2022 through to May 2023. This will result in 1500MW of available capacity going into next Winter. It will then undertake further work in order to bring the full 2000MW back by October 2023.

IFA is a joint venture between the French Transmission Operator RTE and National Grid. It forms a high voltage direct current (HVDC) bridge for the transmission of 2,000MW of electricity.

The British landing point for the subsea cables is near Folkestone, Kent, from where underground cables connect to Sellindge converter station and then on to the UK transmission system.

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