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 

Last updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019


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News

  • Friday, December 7, 2018

    IFA2 to take part in oyster translocation project in partnership with Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) as part of the Solent Oyster Restoration Project

    We have been working with the Southern IFCA to carry out an oyster translocation programme to support local regeneration of the native oyster population in the Solent. As part of the IFA2 project, we have recently funded the chartering of a local fishing vessel in the Lee-on-Solent to Chilling area to collect data on and mitigate the impact to the native oyster populations over the HVAC cable route.

    We have been working with the Southern IFCA to carry out an oyster translocation programme to support local regeneration of the native oyster population in the Solent. As part of the IFA2 project, we have recently funded the chartering of a local fishing vessel in the Lee-on-Solent to Chilling area to collect data on and mitigate the impact to the native oyster populations over the HVAC cable route.


    The Solent Oyster Restoration Project, set up by marine conservation charity Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), seeks to rebuild the Solent’s native oyster population by restoring habitats in partnership with local fisherman, marine and local authorities and scientists. Through the funding we have provided to the Southern IFCA, local fishermen have been working with BLUE to collect oysters on the IFA2 route. The oysters collected are then moved to broodstock cages where they can contribute towards restoring the once self-sustaining oyster population.


    The native oyster, Ostrea edulis, has been found in the Solent since the 1970s. Historically seen as Europe’s largest self-sustaining flat (native) oyster fishery in its peak, the oyster population has recently declined, affecting fishermen and the overall health of the marine ecosystems in the Solent. Temporary closures of oyster harvesting have been in place in recent years to avoid further loss of the native oyster population and allow remaining adult oysters in the Solent to reproduce and act as a breeding stock.


    Dave Luetchford, head of IFA2 said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Solent Oyster Restoration Project. This is a great opportunity to make a contribution to conservation in the Solent, helping to restore to the region’s once self-sustaining oyster population, supporting employment in the oyster fishery and thereby the local economy, as well as improving biodiversity and water quality in the Solent.”

     

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  • Friday, November 23, 2018

    Construction Information Event

    On Wednesday 28th November 2018 we held a construction information event on the latest work we are doing for IFA2. The event took place between 15:30- 19:30 at The Bridge Conference Suite, Fareham Innovation Centre, Merlin House, 4 Meteor Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the Solent, PO13 9FU. Members of our team were available to answer questions and discuss the project in more detail.

    On Wednesday 28th November 2018 we held a construction information event on the latest work we are doing for IFA2.

    The event took place between 15:30- 19:30 at The Bridge Conference Suite, Fareham Innovation Centre, Merlin House, 4 Meteor Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the Solent, PO13 9FU.

    Members of our team were available to answer questions and discuss the project in more detail.

    To take a look at our invitation leaflet please click here

    To view the information displayed at the event please click here

     

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  • Friday, November 16, 2018

    Major milestone for IFA2 as first UK converter station buildings erected

    November sees a major milestone for IFA2 as the first steel structures start to be erected at the UK converter station site.


    The main work contractors ABB are working with Morgan Sindall who are overseeing the civil phase of the build.

    The steel structures, which will be erected over the coming months, will be the first visible structures at the site. In time, they will house the key elements of the converter station including the AC & DC electrical equipment and form the control building.

    Once the structures have been erected, contractors, Morgan Sindall will weatherproof the buildings. Internal fit out and the installation of transformers is due to take place later in 2019.

    Dave Luetchford, head of National Grid IFA2, said:

    “To date, all our work on the converter station has taken place behind the site hoarding. It’s great to see the converter station now taking shape.”

    For further information about work at the converter station site, please contact National Grid IFA2 on 0800 0194 576 or info@ifa2interconnector.com

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