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IFA2 set to hold public information events this week

Updated plans for the proposed cross-channel energy link IFA2 will be on display at public information events at CEMAST on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.

The proposed IFA2 interconnector consists of high-voltage submarine and underground cables connected to a converter station and an electricity substation in both Hampshire and Normandy.

Electricity will be able to flow in either direction between the two countries. In Britain, the proposed converter station would be built to the north east of Solent Airport.  

National Grid IFA2 Ltd received outline planning permission for the converter station and a new community open space earlier this year, alongside full permission for the cables required on and offshore. The project is now finalising designs for the proposed converter station located off Broom Way, and a new community open space around this site.

Updated plans for the project will be unveiled at the public sessions, including details of:

  • Detailed displays showing the converter station design and appearance, as well as landscaping to help the buildings visually blend in with the surrounding landscape
  • Detailed proposals for new community open space around the converter station site, including what it will contain
  • Measures to manage potential effects of the interconnector, including noise

Following these information events, National Grid will submit Reserved Matters planning applications to Fareham Borough Council during summer 2017.

The events are due to take place at the following times and dates:

  •  Friday 30 June 2017 between 4pm and 8pm at CEMAST, 1 Meteor Way, Broom Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9FU.
  • Saturday 1 July 2017 between 11am and 3pm at CEMAST, 1 Meteor Way, Broom Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9FU.

For more information, call the project team on 0800 0194 576 or email