UK-France power link ordered


ABB has won an order worth €270-million from the UK grid operator, National Grid, and the French network owner and operator, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), to provide HVDC technology to help interconnect the electricity networks of France and the UK. The company will participate in the interconnection project, which further integrates the UK and French electricity markets. With a capacity of 1000 MW, the link will run from Chilling, Hampshire on the southern coast of England, to Tourbe in northern France, covering a distance of 240 km across the English Channel. The company will provide the two HVDC converter stations, to be located in France and England, which will be linked with a sub-sea cable. Each station converts AC into DC, and then back again before distribution. This enables the efficient and reliable transmission of large amounts of electricity over long distances, with minimum losses. The technology also incorporates advanced features such as regulating grid fluctuations and power restoration in the event of an outage.

Contact Shivani Chetram, ABB, Tel 010 202-5090,

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