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The “FAB” project (France – Alderney – Britain) is to build an electrical interconnector underwater and underground between France and Great Britain via the island of Alderney.

The project will consist of two pairs of electrical cables, a converter station at each end, and connections into the high voltage grids at each end. It will travel nearly 220 km between the electrical substations at Menuel, on the Cotentin peninsula in France, and that near Exeter, in Devon, England.

This project, which allows a maximum transmission of 1400MW (1MW is 1000kW), will help to meet the need for increasing the capacity of energy trade between the two countries and thus contribute to the energy transition in Europe. The project is also designed to provide a route to market for marine renewable energy planned to be constructed in the seas around Alderney.

The project is scheduled to commence construction in 2018.

FAB has been recognized as a “Project of Common Interest” by the European Union following support received from both the French and UK governments. The FAB project has received funding from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility.

This project is being jointly developed by RTE and FAB Link Limited.

For more information in French see: here