Plans to build £500m electricity link from France to Lee-on-the-Solent are revealed ‘to ensure the UK’s lights do not go out’

What the interconnector would look like
What the interconnector would look like
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A MAJOR new energy infrastructure project which will see electricity imported and exported from Lee-on-the-Solent to France has been announced.

National Grid, which is behind the proposal, wants to build a UK connection point at Daedalus, in Lee-on-the-Solent, costing about £500m.

How Daedalus could be developed

How Daedalus could be developed

The high-voltage electricity interconnector would be linked to Caen in Normandy and would be capable of exchanging 1,000MW of power between the two countries.

The project, called IFA2, will see more than 100 miles of subsea cables laid.

Fareham Borough Council’s leader Sean Woodward said the project would bring in extra money for the council and he welcomed the wider benefits.

He said: ‘National Grid has told us that the Fareham coastline is for technical and economic reasons the most appropriate location for the electricity interconnector to link into the UK network.’

The interconnector station will be linked to the existing substation in Chilling, Warsash, which could be connected via more undersea cables and a short distance underground.

He added: ‘The council has a responsibility and an opportunity to help our country to plan for its future energy needs which is why we are working with the National Grid to help deliver this project.

‘Power margins are predicted to become very tight at certain periods in the future and the huge financial investment National Grid is putting into this project means that we in Fareham will be playing a significant role to ensure the lights do not go out in 2020.’

Fareham Borough Council will consider a report about the plans at its executive meeting on December 7.

A special Community Action Team Meeting will be held at Stubbington Baptist Church, in Cuckoo Lane, on December 10 at 7pm.