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Fareham and Gosport councillors visit BritNed interconnector

On 22 April 2016 National Grid welcomed members of Gosport Borough and Fareham Borough Councils, and a senior member of MP Caroline Dinenage's team to the BritNed Interconnector at the Isle of Grain in Kent to see an operational interconnector in action.

During the visit National Grid experts were on hand to answer Councillors' questions and to demonstrate measurements of noise and magnetic fields on and around the site to help to address concerns that their constituents had raised. Nigel Wood, BritNed Operations Manager, led a tour in and around the converter station to give a better understanding of interconnector technology and the size and scale of the buildings.  

Morris Bray of the IFA2 project said, "Although the design of the converter station and the technology installed at BritNed are different to that proposed for IFA2 at Daedalus, there is no substitute for experiencing an interconnector of similar scale in operation.  A key difference between BritNed and IFA2 is converter station appearance.  At Daedalus there will be no outdoor electrical equipment - it will all be housed indoors".

Further information about BritNed interconnector

BritNed is a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) electricity Interconnector between the Isle of Grain in Kent; and Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It is owned and operated jointly by the Dutch transmission system operator, Tennet and National Grid.

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Picture shows visitors outside BritNed interconnector.