Electricity Interconnectors: Europe

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 17th September 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to develop electricity grid connections with countries in continental Europe.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

Great Britain currently has 3GW of interconnection capacity to continental Europe, via links to France and the Netherlands.

There is 4.4GW of new interconnector capacity under construction, which will increase our capacity to France and add connections to Belgium and Norway. In addition, there are further projects that have been given regulatory approval or are in the process of applying for regulatory approval, which could add another 9GW of capacity, but these are at an earlier stage of development.

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