National Grid and RTE’s IFA2 interconnector project marked an important phase in its ongoing construction programme last week when the mayors of the two communities where cables come ashore in the UK and France jointly unveiled a ‘topping out plaque’.
The ‘topping out’ marks the completion of the external construction of the converter station building in the UK – an important part of the project that will link UK and French electricity transmission systems once operational.
Olivier Paz, the Mayor of Merville-Franceville in Normandy, joined Cllr Pamela Bryant, the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Seán Woodward, the Leader of Fareham Borough Council, and representatives of National Grid and RTE for the occasion.
Cllr Pamela Bryant, the Mayor of Fareham, said: “At Fareham Borough Council, we take climate change very seriously and have set an ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 through a range of initiatives including a credible carbon reduction plan. Although it is essential to take ambitious and sustained action locally, climate change will only be addressed if we work together with other countries. That is why at Fareham Borough Council we are proud to host IFA2 on land that we own.”
Olivier Paz, the Mayor of Merville-Franceville, said: “We hope that this electric link will be the start of other exchanges in the future between our localities which share the same frontiers. Culture, sport, history, tourism, our administrations, are some of the subjects where, if you accept, our cooperation would be worthwhile.”
David Luetchford, IFA2’s Project Director in the UK, said: “The electricity that will flow in both directions via IFA2 will increasingly be sourced from renewables in the UK, France and the rest of Europe. As part of a network of European subsea, clean energy super-highways, IFA2 will help to reduce Britain’s carbon emissions from the power sector - by 2030, 90% of electricity imported via National Grid’s interconnectors will be from zero carbon sources.”
IFA2 is a 1,000 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector currently under construction between the British and French transmission systems. When it becomes operational later this year it will provide the capability to export or import 1,000MW of power.