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ElecLink will link England and France to create a power interconnector, capable of transmitting a Gigawatt (1000MW) of electricity safely and securely in both directions through the Channel Tunnel.

The £500 million (€580 million) investment is responding to the need for greater energy security for the UK and mainland Europe.

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Needed and timely

The ElecLink interconnector is one of the most advanced new interconnection projects across Europe and will be the first to be built between Britain and France since 1986.

There is an existing interconnector linking Britain and France and three others connecting Britain to the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Internationally important

This project has the support of the UK Government and has been identified by the European Commission as a Project of Common Interest as it will:

• Deliver significant benefits to at least two European Member States

• Further support market integration and competition

• Enhance security of energy supply

• Contribute to reducing CO2 emissions

This complex engineering project has been on the drawing board for a number of years, now is the right time to get under way.

What?

ElecLink will link England and France to create a power interconnector, capable of transmitting a Gigawatt (1000MW) of electricity safely and securely in both directions through the Channel Tunnel.

The £500 million (€580 million) investment is responding to the need for greater energy security for the UK and mainland Europe.

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Needed and timely

The ElecLink interconnector is one of the most advanced new interconnection projects across Europe and will be the first to be built between Britain and France since 1986.

There is an existing interconnector linking Britain and France and three others connecting Britain to the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Internationally important

This project has the support of the UK Government and has been identified by the European Commission as a Project of Common Interest as it will:

  • Deliver significant benefits to at least two European Member States
  • Further support market integration and competition
  • Enhance security of energy supply
  • Contribute to reducing CO2 emissions

This complex engineering project has been on the drawing board for a number of years, now is the right time to get under way.

Euro Tunnel entrance
Euro Tunnel entrance