Plans revealed for GridLink project

In: CablesInterconnectors
08/09/2020
The GridLink project will apply for planning permission from Medway Council for a new converter station at the former Kingsnorth coal-fired power station site, and an underground cable between the proposed converter station and the existing Kingsnorth sub-station owned by National Grid.

The project will also apply for a marine licence from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for the installation of a submarine cable in the UK waters simultaneously.

Prior to these applications, the GridLink Interconnector Ltd has arranged a virtual exhibition, from Monday 31 August until Friday 11 September, to inform the local community about the project details and solicit feedback. A live chat with team members will take place on Friday 4 September from 16:30 to 20:30, and an online meeting will be held from 18:30 to 20:30 on Friday 11 September.


The 1.4 GW HVDC cable will connect the National Grid 400 kV sub-station at Kingsnorth in Kent, UK to the RTE 400 kV sub-station at Warande near Dunkerque in Nord Region, France. The cable route passes through the Medway Estuary and Thames Estuary, before turning south-east to cross the southern North Sea to the French coast.

The project was awarded the status of Project of Common Interest (PCI) in 2017. The proposed link will approximately cost €900 million and is scheduled to come online in January 2025.

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