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

HVAC Cable

We have installed six HVAC cables between Monks Hill Beach and Chilling and are currently burying them and reinstating the sea bed.

What are we doing in the next three months?

  • The CAPALL MARA vessel is active in the area to complete the burial of HVAC and HVDC cables and the reinstatement of the sea bed. We expect this work to continue throughout November.
  • Please be extra vigilant in this construction area during the installation period. We are very grateful for your patience and cooperation.

The current position of our HVAC vessels can be tracked using the MarineTraffic.com tool below.

HVDC Cable

The HVDC cables linking the electricity transmission systems of Great Britain and France are an essential part of IFA2. We will carry out the work to lay these cables in 2019.

The cables will be buried in the seabed. We’ll install the cables using large specialist vessels which are able to transport and lay long sections of cables (up to 100 km). Some cable joints will need to be made at sea during the installation process.

The current position of the HVDC cable laying vessel, the Cable Enterprise, can be tracked using the MarineTraffic.com tool below.

The CAPALL MARA

What will happen in the next three months?

  • The CAPALL MARA (shown above) is currently completing trenching works up to 2km from shore. Work will continue throughout December to return the area back to normal and make it safe for water users.
  • The final HVDC cable pull-in at Lee on Solent has been completed and The Cable Enterprise is has now laid cable through the Solent.
  • Burial along the route is now in progress with the Aethra and Normand Pacific.


The above chart shows the HVDC cable lay route where cable is now being buried by the Aethra and Normand Pacific vessels.

Last updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2019


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News

  • Monday, December 2, 2019

    IFA2 looks to the skies to enhance safety

    IFA2 has worked with Daedalus-based company Flylogix on the development of an innovative solution for the coordination of offshore safety.

    IFA2 has worked with Daedalus-based company Flylogix on the development of an innovative solution for the coordination of offshore safety. The local technology and aviation business carried out Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations over the congested waters of the Solent and the Channel. Its mission was to provide live video of cable installation to help coordinate safety operations on the water.

    The UAV in the air

    Jake Stevens, IFA2 project manager, said: “We are laying interconnector cables in one of the most congested marine and aviation areas in the UK. In order for the works to be performed safely and minimise disruption we have looked at developing an innovative solution to help manage offshore operations.

    “To further support our safety vessels for this operation we have also worked with Flylogix, here on Solent Airfield, to include aviation and add a further dimension to our safety solution. Our aim was to develop a UAV real time image system to increase the monitoring of vessel traffic in area and to help ensure that the project can be completed without incident to the public or commercial water users.

    “We know that working with local businesses, such as Flylogix, can bring benefits to the project and also to the community. We were very pleased to be able to source the specialist expertise we needed right here in Lee-on-the-Solent.”

    Chris Tavner, Flylogix and Adrian Morris, IFA2

    Ed Clay, Flylogix's Operations Director, said: “The Solent is one of the busiest stretches of water around the UK with the convergence of heavy commercial, freight, leisure and fishing vessels coupled with challenging navigational features. The addition of our UAV surveillance capability further bolstered an already comprehensive maritime management operation for the IFA2 interconnector project.”

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  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    National Grid IFA2 and the Fairey Barracuda story: additional date now available!

    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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