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Leading consultants Arcadis appointed to complete airfield assessment at Daedalus

Expert consultants have been hired to help ensure that proposed cross channel energy link IFA2 can operate alongside the Solent Airport at Daedalus.

National Grid IFA2 Ltd, in conjunction with land owner Fareham Borough Council have appointed leading consultants Arcadis to carry out an independent assessment looking at how the IFA2 electricity interconnector would operate alongside the Solent Airport at the Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.

National Grid IFA2 Ltd is proposing to lease land at Daedalus for the British part of its proposed IFA2 project, which would help boost access to safe, reliable, affordable energy supplies by providing a new energy link with France.

Arcadis have been commissioned to carry out the assessment to ensure that the interconnector will be able to coexist with site owner Fareham Borough Council’s Vision for Daedalus and won’t adversely affect operations at the airport.

Arcadis will start work on their assessment this month with the report due to be completed in September 2016.

Morris Bray, from National Grid IFA2, who helped commission the assessment, said: “This independent assessment should help provide reassurance that our proposals won’t affect Fareham Borough Council’s Vision for Daedalus including its continued use as an operational airport.”

Stef Scannali, Arcadis Head of Safety Risk Management, said:  “We’re delighted to be supporting National Grid IFA2 Ltd and Fareham Borough Council on this vital project.

“We will be working to assure the safe development of the new IFA 2 interconnector whilst also allowing Solent Aiport at Daedalus to remain safe and fully operational.”