Interconnectors in UK

Upcoming UK Electricity Interconnectors^

  1. East West Interconnector: Connection to Ireland; Owned by EirGrid; Capacity is 500MW; Under construction and expected operational in 2012
  2. East West 1 & 2: Connection to Ireland; Owned by Imera; Capacity will be 350MW each; Under planning
  3. Channel cable: Connection to France; Owned by Imera; Capacity will be 800MW; Under planning
  4. Nemo: Connection to Belgium; Owned by National Grid and Elia; Capacity likely to be 1000MW (between 700MW and 1,300MW); Under study; Expected to be operational in 2013-14; Click here for the press release from Elia
  5. IFA 2: Extension to IFA
  6. Norwegian (Norway-UK) Interconnector: Connection to Norway; Owned by National Grid and Statnett; Capacity will be 1400MW; Under study
  7. Belbrit: Connection to Belgium; Owned by Imera Power; Capacity will be 1000MW; Under study (note that Nemo Interconnector is also planned between Belgium and UK, backed by the two TSOs)
  8. NorthConnect: Connection between Norway and Scotland; Joint study by Vattenfall, Agder Energi, E-CO, Lyse, and Scottish and Southern Energy. Check the press release.
  9. ElecLink: Connection between UK and France via the Channel Tunnel; Owned by Groupe Eurotunnel and STAR Capital Partners; Capacity will be 500MW; Announced in May 2011. Check the news here.
  10. Western HVDC Link: A 250mile long, 1.2GW to 1.9 GW HVDC link between Scotland and England. Jointly owned by National Grid and SP Transmission. Expected to be operational in 2015. Also referred as Bootstrap HVDC. Read more here
  11. Eastern HVDC Link: A 1.2GW to 1.9 GW HVDC link between Scotland and England.

Existing UK Electricity Interconnectors

  1. BritNed: Connection to Netherlands; Owned by National Grid and TenneT; Capacity is 1000MW; Operational since April 2011
  2. IFA: Connection to France; Owned by National Grid and RTE; Capacity is 2000MW; Operational since 1986
  3. Moyle Interconnector: Connection to Northern Ireland; Owned by NI Energy Holdings; Capacity is 450MW export/80MW import; Operational since 2002
  4. MEA HVAC Cable: Connection between UK mainland and Isle of Man; Owned by Manx Electricity Authority (MEA); A 65 miles, 65MW subsea HVAC (longest HVAC) operating at 90kV; Operational since 2000

Existing UK Natural Gas Interconnectors

  1. Interconnector UK (IUK): Connection to Zeebrugge, Belgium; Owned by Interconnector (UK) Ltd. which comprises 9 shareholders; Capacity is 25.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) per annum; Operational since 1988
  2. BBL Pipeline: Connection to Balgzand, Netherlands; Owned by BBL Company of three partners (Gasunie BBL, E.ON Ruhrgas & Fluxys); Capacity is 16-19.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) per annum; Operational since 2006
  3. Langeled Pipeline: Connection between Nyhamna terminal in Norway and the Easington Gas terminal in England; Owned by Statoil, ExxonMobil, DONG Energy, ConocoPhillips, Norske Shell and Gassco; Capacity is 25.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) per annum; Operational since October 2006

^Information retrieved from Energy interconnector policy by Ofgem, 26th January 2010

4 Comments

  1. Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM | Permalink

    Hey under ‘Existing UK Electricity Interconnectors’ you have forgotten the following

    Manx Cable Company (http://www.gov.im/mea/about/assets/)

    since Isle of Man is not part ofthe UK this is an interconnector, rather than a simple island link

  2. admin
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM | Permalink

    David, Thank you for highlighting the discrepancy. I will include the MEA Subsea Cable on our list. Jagjit

  3. Posted November 14, 2011 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

    Hi,

    It looks like you’ve missed the Langaled pipeline from Norway under \Existing UK Natural Gas Interconnectors.\ It was [officially] operational from October 2006 and has an annual capacity of 25.5 billion cubic metres (900 billion cubic feet), equal to 20% of Peak demand.

    Regards,

    Tim

  4. admin
    Posted November 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM | Permalink

    Tim, Thanks. I will now include the Langeled pipeline. Jagjit

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