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

HVAC Cable

Between Daedalus and Chilling the HVAC cable will be installed underground.

What are we doing in the next three months?

  • A  jack-up barge, the C57 Red Squirrel, is in position in the intertidal area off Monks Hill Beach. The working area for the barge is marked by buoys and will be patrolled by safety vessels for your protection; please avoid this active working area.
  • In WC 20 May 2019, we will be commencing salvage works to raise the wreck of a Fairey Barracuda from the Solent. The works will be ongoing at the coordinates 625187.50E 5629866.00N and we expect to be complete them by the middle of June. The works will be conducted by two vessels; the STOUR and the DOREEN DORWARD. Marine users are requested to pass the vessels at a safe distance of 500m and at an appropriate speed.
  • Works will also be ongoing to dispose of unexploded ordinance identified along the route of our underwater cables in the eastern Solent. We anticipate that these works will be completed by the middle of June. The disposal works are being undertaken on our behalf by James Fisher Marine Services who will be using a remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from their offshore supply ship, GEOSUND. The area in which it will be working is outlined on this page. Marine users are requested to maintain a safe distance of 500m from the working ship and pass at a safe speed.

C57 Red Squirrel 

The Stour Multicat

The Doreen Dorward Multicat

Location of UXO disposal

Geosund

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?

  • The HVDC cable laying activity will resume in the Summer months.

Last updated: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Boulder removal work update

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News

  • 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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  • Saturday, September 1, 2018

    Boulder removal work update

    We have been carrying out debris route clearance, archaeological target investigations and boulder removal work along the HVAC route. This activity was completed in November 2018.

    We have been carrying out debris route clearance, archaeological target investigations and boulder removal work along the HVAC route.

    This activity was completed in November 2018.

     

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  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    Broom Way construction

    We wrote to residents of the Lee-on-the-Solent area on 29 May 2018 to inform them that we anticipated closing one lane of Broom Way to traffic for five days from 11 June 2018 while we created a new access to the converter station site. We are now no longer planning to carry out this work in this period. This will now be rescheduled to a future date. We are grateful to members of the community for bearing with us, and will provide an update on the rescheduled work in due course.

    We wrote to residents of the Lee-on-the-Solent area on 29 May 2018 to inform them that we anticipated closing one lane of Broom Way to traffic for five days from 11 June 2018 while we created a new access to the converter station site.

    We are now no longer planning to carry out this work in this period. This will now be rescheduled to a future date.

    We are grateful to members of the community for bearing with us, and will provide an update on the rescheduled work in due course.

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