Cross-Channel FAB project off Budleigh Salterton coast gets marine permission for subsea works

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 January 2018

© Guy Newman. 13.01.2016. FAB Link sample drilling at Budleigh Salterton Lime Kiln car park in 2016.

© Guy Newman. 13.01.2016. FAB Link sample drilling at Budleigh Salterton Lime Kiln car park in 2016.

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A project to install a cross-channel interconnector making landfall at Budleigh beach has moved a step closer after the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) gave it the green light.

A planned cross-Channel interconnector making landfall at Budleigh Salterton beach has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

The France-Alderney-Britain [FAB] Project has been granted a licence from the UK’s Marine Management Organisation [MMO], which will allow the proposed subsea interconnector to be built within UK waters.

This means work on the 220km underwater power line, due to make landfall at the east end of Budleigh beach, has moved a step closer to beginning.

Chris Jenner, FAB Project 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.”

Once the interconnector makes landfall, it will travel underground along Granary Lane and across countryside to a transformer to be built at Exeter Airport.

From there it will travel to a National Grid substation near Broadclyst.

It is hoped that the interconnector will increase energy security, cut consumer bills and enable ‘greater use of greener, low-carbon electricity’. It has previously been suggested that the project could be completed by 2020.

Last year, East Devon District Council granted the FAB Project planning permission to raise the footpath at Granary Lane to allow the power line to be laid underneath.

This could also have implications on the Lower Otter Estuary Project, which was also seeking to raise the height of the footpath.

Mr Jenner added: “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.”

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