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FAB Link maintain the need for urgency to progress interconnector

FAB Link’s independent assessment has underlined the clear justification for additional interconnector capacity between Britain and France.

A separate study, on behalf of the French energy regulator CRE, suggests that it appears necessary to wait for more clarity on the terms and conditions of Brexit, as well as on the evolution of the market fundamentals and on the implementation of public policies that may favourably impact the value of new interconnectors between Britain and France.

James Dickson, FAB Link Project Director, said: “We will be reviewing the detail of this development and the underlining assessment which has informed the position of the CRE (Commission de régulation de l’énergie/Regulatory Commission of Energy).

“FAB Link’s recent assessment conducted by an external consulting firm concluded there was a clear justification for the FAB interconnector project to proceed. We continue to strive to find the best way to proceed. We will work with our partner RTE, and with the British and French regulators to find the best solution for this project of international importance.

“The FAB Project will increase energy security, bring new competition in wholesale energy markets, and contribute to the increased use of renewable energy in Britain and France.

“International infrastructure projects of this nature require long-term development and construction commitment before the benefits can be delivered and, in our view, these fundamentals remain sound, and the sooner we can complete the project the sooner the benefits will flow to consumers and businesses in both countries.

“FAB Link Ltd and its partners have already secured a wide range of onshore and offshore permissions that will enable the 1.4GW interconnector project to move quickly to the construction stage once we have regulatory approval.”


FAB Project secures marine licences in the Channel Islands

The FAB Project interconnector between Britain and France has taken another major step forward for the offshore cable works within the Bailiwick of Guernsey territorial waters.

In response to the application submitted in January 2017, a licence known as the ‘FEPA Licence’ has been issued by the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation (OEHPR) which will allow FAB Link to build and maintain the proposed subsea interconnector within the territorial sea limit of Alderney for the route that makes landfall on Alderney.

The OEHPR has also confirmed that the application submitted in November 2017 for an alternative offshore cable route around Alderney does not require a FEPA Licence as the proposed works are entirely outside of the 3 nautical mile territorial sea limit of Alderney. As with the original application submitted in December 2016, the offshore alternative route has been designed to enable the connection of future tidal stream energy in States of Alderney waters.

The FAB Project will link the national electricity grids of Britain and France with the aim of increasing energy security, cutting consumers’ bills, and enabling greater use of greener, low-carbon electricity. The 220km subsea and underground 1.4GW interconnector is due to make landfall in the UK at Budleigh Salterton in East Devon.

Chris Jenner, the FAB Project’s Development Manager, said: “These decisions represent another significant step forward for our proposals.

“We have now secured all the necessary offshore permissions that will enable the FAB Project to install and maintain the marine cables between Britain and France, whether we choose to progress the original route that makes landfall at Alderney or the alternative route around Alderney.

“Both options retain the ability for the FAB Project to provide a route to market for future tidal stream energy generation from the waters around Alderney.


FAB Project secures access to underground route in UK

The FAB Project, planning to build an interconnector linking the electricity grids of Britain and France via Alderney, has secured access to its proposed underground route in the UK.

This latest permission means that the team behind the project will be able to access all the land needed along the underground route from where the electricity cables come ashore in Britain at Budleigh Salterton in East Devon to the National Grid substation near Exeter, via a planned converter station close to Exeter International Airport.

Although the permission, from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), is termed a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), it does not mean the FAB Project will necessarily own the land along the route.

Development Manager Chris Jenner said: “This Order is about our having permission to access land so we can lay the cables underground, and return in the years to come for any maintenance which may be needed. We would use the CPO to acquire rights to access land, not to buy the land itself.

“For the great majority of the route we have already signed individual agreements with landowners. Indeed, we hope to complete negotiations with the remaining landowners, meaning we won’t need to invoke the CPO at all.

“The granting of the CPO is, however, the latest in a number of consents necessary for the development phase of the project in the UK.

“We aren’t yet in a position to give a firm starting date for construction as uncertainty related to Brexit is delaying our regulatory approvals process.

“But we are confident in the fundamentals behind the project, and only in November last year the EU reaffirmed our status as a Project of Common Interest. We are working hard to ensure the delay to the project will be kept to a minimum.

“The FAB Project will bring new competition to wholesale energy markets, lowering bills for consumers; will allow greater access to low-carbon sources of electricity; and will increase energy security for both the UK and continental Europe.

“We are determined to complete the project and bring these major benefits to people on both sides of the Channel as soon as possible.”

A copy of the order as confirmed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and of the maps referred to therein are available at https://itportal.beis.gov.uk/EIP/pages/projects/FABLink.htm


FAB Link welcomes further planning approvals

The FAB Project interconnector between Britain and France has taken another major step forward with the approval of a licence from the UK’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

The Marine Licence will allow FAB Link to build and maintain the proposed subsea interconnector within UK waters.

The FAB Project will link the national electricity grids of Britain and France with the aim of increasing energy security, cutting consumers’ bills, and enabling greater use of greener, low-carbon electricity.

The 220km subsea and underground 1.4GW interconnector is due to make landfall in the UK at Budleigh Salterton in East Devon.

Chris Jenner, the FAB Project’s Development Manager, said: “This decision is another significant step forward for our proposals.

“The FAB Project team has worked closely with the MMO and their statutory advisors to ensure that the Marine Licence provides permission for the necessary construction and maintenance activities, together with appropriate safeguards to ensure that the FAB Project can proceed without any significant impacts on the marine environment.

“This decision is a reflection of the positive dialogue between the FAB Project and the various stakeholders who have an interest in the UK waters, particularly Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in East Devon.

“Furthermore, this decision comes a few weeks after East Devon District Council gave planning permission for a section of the onshore cable route along the Otter Valley. This permission will enable the FAB Project to bring our cables ashore in such a way that not only provides them with long-term protection but also leaves a much-improved section of footpath for local people and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”

In July 2017, East Devon District Council gave outline planning permission for the project’s UK converter station near Exeter International Airport after also issuing a certificate of lawful development allowing the electricity cables to be laid underground between the landfall at Budleigh Salterton and the National Grid substation near Broadclyst.