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

HVAC Cable

IFA2 is in the process of installing six HVAC cables between Monk's Hill Beach and Chilling. This work has been progressing well, we have now laid all of the cables.

We will now bury the HVAC cables and continue to prepare for the arrival of the HVDC cables from France.

What are we doing in the next three months?

  • The C57 Red Squirrel jack-up barge, is in position in the intertidal area off Monks Hill Beach. The working area for the barge is marked by buoys and is patrolled by safety vessels for your protection; please avoid this active working area. This is expected to depart in wc 9/9/19.
  • The CAPALL MARA (shown below) will arrive on site shortly for trenching work associated with the HVDC cables. We will be working up to 2km from shore with the CAPALL MARA and will share further details shortly. The HVDC cable pull is scheduled for mid-October after CAPALL MARA has completed trenching works.
  • Our HVAC burial vessel JIF ARTEMIS is burying the HVAC cables beneath the seabed. We expect this work to last until November.
  • Our support vessel, GREEN QUEST, will be in the area assisting JIF ARTEMIS.
  • Please be extra vigilant in this construction area during the installation period. We are very grateful for your patience and cooperation.

C57 Red Squirrel (with thanks to Ian Haskell for the image)

JIF ARTEMIS

GREEN QUEST

The CAPALL MARA

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.


Cable Enterprise

What will happen in the next three months?

  • Our vessel, IEVOLI AMBER, will begin surveying the deep water area from the end of August. We will also make a pre-lay grapnel run of the area.
  • Starting in early September our survey vessel WESSEX EXPLORER will begin surveying the nearshore area. 
  • The AETHRA burial vessel will begin route clearance work at the end of September. 
  • We will begin nearshore pre-lay works from our vessel WILLENDEAVOUR at Lee-on-the-Solent in September. These works will take place up to 2km from the beach.
  • We expect to begin laying the HVDC cable in mid to late October.
  • To prepare for the arrival of the HVDC cables, we are digging a trench in the intertidal area off Monks Hill Beach. We will gradually extend the trench further away from the shore. We expect to complete this work in mid-October.

AETHRA

IEVOLI AMBER

WESSEX EXPLORER

WILLENDEAVOUR 

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News

  • Monday, April 29, 2019

    IFA2 continues school engagement programme at Crofton Hammond Junior School

    We have been visiting local junior schools as part of a wider school engagement programme, and recently visited Crofton Hammond Junior School in Fareham.

    We have been visiting local junior schools as part of a wider school engagement programme, and recently visited Crofton Hammond Junior School in Fareham.

    Craig Hunter, IFA2’s Assistant Commercial Manager, led an assembly with ‘Mad Scientists’, Super Sian and Electric Eddy. 90 children in Year 4 attended the session, which kicked off with a careers talk from Craig on engineering. Super Sian and Electric Eddy then took over, giving insight into the history of electricity and teaching the year group about some of the most famous electricians.

    The children were keen to get involved in an experiment to demonstrate how electric currents are conducted. The Van de Graaff generator concluded the session, and was met with delight from all the pupils!

    As we continue to work on the IFA2 project, we are keen to support children living in the local area, making learning about STEM subjects engaging and fun.

    Our school engagement programme is open to all local primary schools – for more information, email info@ifa2interconnector.com or call 0800 0194 576.

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    National Grid boosts offshore safety for IFA2 interconnector

    Combined technology set to detect and protect mariners and cable operations

    National Grid and RTE’s IFA2 interconnector project is investing in a powerful combination of safety and security measures to protect marine users around while it lays high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables in the Channel between March 2019 and February 2020.

    For the first time on an offshore cable project, IFA2 will use a combination of fast response patrol vessels with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) linked by satellite to an operations room to monitor its work areas. The UAV will provide high definition images of the working area, and traffic approaching it, every five to ten seconds. The protection package aims to ensure the cable laying exclusion zone is avoided by fishing vessels which could otherwise result in costly damage to both the cable and vessel. This is in addition to the traditional measures of AIS monitoring, safety vessels, Notices to Mariners, and follows consultation with marine authorities and local fishermen in both countries.

    David Luetchford, IFA2’s Project Director in the UK, said: “There have been episodes of damage to both fishing vessels and cables when vessels have ignored notifications and demarcations on previous interconnector projects. We have learned from these.

    “We’ve identified a combination of several technologies and tactics to detect and deflect any vessels in our working zones, thereby ensuring risks to fishing vessels and cable laying are both minimised.”

    The HVDC cables linking the electricity transmission systems of Great Britain and France are an essential part of IFA2, and will run 200km from Merville in Normandy to Fareham in Hampshire. The cables will be buried in the seabed and installed by large specialist vessels which can transport and lay long sections of cables (up to 60km). There will be an exclusion zone extending to 500m either side of the cable route during the laying and burial operations.

     

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  • Friday, March 8, 2019

    Hook information event

    We’ll be restarting work to install cables for IFA2 in the Chilling area and are hosting an information event where you can find out more about this. The open event will take place from 4pm – 8pm on 12 March 2019 at the Nook and Cranny, Hook Ln, Hook, Warsash SO31 9HH.

    We’ll be restarting work to install cables for IFA2 in the Chilling area and are hosting an information event where you can find out more about this.

    The open event will take place from 4pm – 8pm on 12 March 2019 at the Nook and Cranny, Hook Ln, Hook, Warsash SO31 9HH.

    Last year we installed the ducts which will house the high voltage alternating current (HVAC) cables required for IFA2. We then paused work in November 2018 to reduce the risk of disturbing overwintering birds.

    The season for these birds will soon be over, and we are preparing to begin work in the area again in coming weeks. The focus for our work will be laying and connecting the cables. As before, we’ll impose a 10mph speed limit for construction vehicles through Hook Village, as well as escorting any HGVs.

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