Increasing security of electricity supplies for both the UK and France.

Converter station

We’re building the converter station at the site of Broom Way, near Solent Airport. This will convert electricity between Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC).

What are we doing in the next three months?

  • Installation of the valve and filter hall equipment is ongoing. The valves have now been installed, work to install fibre optic wiring and cooling pipework is ongoing. 

  • Noise enclosures for the shunt reactors and the transformers are now complete.

  • AC and DC termination work is complete. Testing on the cable systems is complete.

  • AC and DC equipment installation have been completed.
  • Site perimeter fencing is almost complete.

  • Work on site roadways is underway.

  • Internal fit out of the service and control buildings is ongoing.

  • Installation of the station power distribution system is underway.

  • Installation of site-wide small power and control cabling is underway.

  • Installation of the station control and protection system is underway. 

  • Installation of the site security system is underway.
  • Converter filter equipment installation is in progress.

Last updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020


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News

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    National Grid IFA2 and the Fairey Barracuda story

    Due to the high demand for places at our event on October 29th we are hosting this presentation again on Tuesday 10th December, 2019.

    Due to the high demand for places at our event on October 29th we are hosting this presentation again on Tuesday 10th December, 2019.

    A rare World War 2 Barracuda bomber was discovered during work to prepare the route for HVAC cables between Monks Hill Beach and Chilling, as part of the construction of the IFA2 electricity interconnector between the UK and France. It is the most complete example in existence and is proving invaluable in Fleet Air Arm’s project to create a unique replica. Dave Morris, Curator of Aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, will speak about the work he is doing to preserve the salvaged aircraft.


    Where: The Bridge conference room, Fareham Innovation Centre, Merlin House, 4 Meteor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9FU
    When: Tuesday 10th December 2019
    Time: 1600-1700 or 1800-1900

    Please follow the link here to reserve your place as seating is limited.

    When doing so, please select the time of the event that you would like to book by using the drop down bar on the right hand side of the page. Please reserve a place for only one of the two times.

     

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  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    Hair raising science at St Columba Primary Academy!

    We have been visiting local junior schools as part of a wider school engagement programme and recently visited St Columba C. of E. Primary Academy in Fareham.

    We have been visiting local junior schools as part of a wider school engagement programme and recently visited St Columba C. of E. Primary Academy in Fareham.


    Jake Stevens, IFA2 Project Manager, led a session for Years 5 and 6 with ‘Mad Scientists’, Super Sian and Electric Eddy. The children were fascinated to hear about National Grid’s IFA2 interconnector construction project and very keen to get involved in experiments to demonstrate how electric currents are conducted. The Van de Graaff generator concluded the session and was met with delight from all the pupils!


    Our school engagement programme is open to all local primary schools. We are keen to support children living in the local area, making learning about STEM subjects engaging and fun – for more information email info@ifa2interconnector.com or call 0800 0194 576.

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  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    National Grid IFA2 and the Fairey Barracuda story

    A rare World War 2 Barracuda bomber was discovered during work to prepare the route for HVAC cables between Monks Hill Beach and Chilling, as part of the construction of the IFA2 electricity interconnector between the UK and France. It is the most complete example in existence and is proving invaluable in Fleet Air Arm’s project to create a unique replica. Dave Morris, Curator of Aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, will speak about the work he is doing to preserve the salvaged aircraft.

    A rare World War 2 Barracuda bomber was discovered during work to prepare the route for HVAC cables between Monks Hill Beach and Chilling, as part of the construction of the IFA2 electricity interconnector between the UK and France. It is the most complete example in existence and is proving invaluable in Fleet Air Arm’s project to create a unique replica. Dave Morris, Curator of Aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, will speak about the work he is doing to preserve the salvaged aircraft.

    Where: The Bridge conference room, Fareham Innovation Centre, Merlin House, 4 Meteor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9FU
    When: Tuesday 29 October 2019
    Time: 1845 until approximately 2030


    Please go online to reserve your place as seating is limited.

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