IFA2 is a 1,000 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector currently under construction between the British and French transmission systems. It will be the second link to France that National Grid has developed with RTE.

Great Britain France Connection point Interconnectors need to connect to the existing electricity transmission system. They do this at a substation. Converter station A converter station converts electricity between Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC). Converter station A converter station converts electricity between Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC). Connection point Interconnectors need to connect to the existing electricity transmission system. They do this at a substation. HVAC electricity We use High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) to move electricity around the national electricity transmission system. HVAC electricity We use High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) to move electricity around the national electricity transmission system. Subsea cable We use subsea HVDC cables to move electricity between the two converter stations

Why do we need interconnectors?

An interconnector allows countries to exchange power, helping to ensure safe, secure and affordable energy supplies. They are the heart of the transition to a smarter energy system and integral to delivering a more flexible energy system for consumers.

Why do we need IFA2?

IFA2 will provide the capability to export or import 1,000MW of power. This brings three important benefits for our national energy requirements:

Affordability:

By giving Great Britain access to the European electricity market, IFA2 should help create downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices. We estimate that each 1,000MW of new interconnector capacity has the potential to reduce wholesale prices in Great Britain by up to 2%.

Security of supply:

Consumers throughout Europe use electricity in various ways at different times of the day, and interconnection allows electricity to be moved to where it is needed. This is particularly important at times of ‘system stress’, such as a combination of cold weather and unexpected power station shutdowns.

Sustainability:

Interconnectors allow countries to look beyond their borders and use renewable energy more efficiently. When it is sunny and windy in Great Britain, for example, where lots of power is generated, electricity can be moved quickly to a country where it’s needed. When British conditions are less favourable, power can be imported from Europe.

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  • Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Tree planting marks the start of open space for IFA2

    National Grid IFA2 Ltd marks the beginning of the creation of the public open space with a ceremonial tree planting event.

    National Grid IFA2 recently commenced the beginning of construction at the IFA2 site by inviting Fareham Borough Council leader, Cllr Sean Woodward, and other community representatives to mark progress and take part in a ceremonial tree planting event. 

    In partnership with Fareham Borough Council, it is anticipated that over 30,000 native trees both new and mature, will be planted to create an enhanced habitat across the space and appropriate screening to the north and east of the converter station. This is the start of National Grid IFA2 providing 38 acres of public open space as part of its commitment to the local community. 

    IFA2, which received planning permission last year, will be a high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector linking the British and French transmission systems. Once operational, IFA2 will be capable of exporting or importing 1000MW of power between the two countries, enough to power around 1 million homes. 

    David Luetchford, Head of National Grid IFA2 said: “It was great to welcome Cllr Woodward and other local representatives to the IFA2 site yesterday to mark the start of construction. We are making a major commitment to the local community: we’ll deliver over 38 acres of open space for local people to enjoy, and we’ve signed up local companies to support this work. We look forward to working closely with the Council over the next two years to create this new resource for the community.” 

    Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Sean Woodward added: “It was an honour to plant the first tree here. The Council has always been keen for a large area of public open space to accompany construction of the Interconnector, so it’s great to see this coming to fruition and I look forward to it being open for residents to enjoy.”  

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  • Monday, January 1, 2018

    Information events about the final plans for IFA2

    In November 2017, Fareham Borough Council granted National Grid full planning permission for the project and agreed to lease land at Solent Airport, Daedalus to build a converter station. Following this decision we plan to start construction work in January / February 2018.

    In November 2017, Fareham Borough Council granted National Grid full planning permission for the project and agreed to lease land at Solent Airport, Daedalus to build a converter station. Following this decision we plan to start construction work in January / February 2018.

    We would like to give local residents the opportunity to hear about the next stage of the IFA2 project and answer any questions that you may have. You can find out more at our information event, which will take place on 31st January 2018 between 4:30pm and 8:30pm at CEMAST College, 1 Meteor Way, Broom Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9F.

    We hope to see you at the events. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us on 0800 0194 576 or info@ifa2interconnector.com

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