France-Budleigh energy link up a step closer

PUBLISHED: 09:05 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:05 25 January 2016

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

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

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A cross-Channel electricity link-up, which will go through Budleigh Salterton, looks a step closer after survey work took place in the town.

Last year, FAB (France-Alderney-Britain) Link announced the scheme would be going ahead, with the power lines coming into the UK at Budleigh.

The major project will see two pairs of electricity cables run between the Cherbourg peninsula, in northern France, and Budleigh.

Survey work at the proposed ‘landing site’ at the town’s beach took place recently, following initial work last summer.

Chris Jenner, from FAB Link, said: “The aim of our interconnector is to provide extra security of supply to both Britain and France, while at the same time helping to keep down prices for the consumer.

“Here in the UK, we’re looking into the feasibility of bringing our undersea cables ashore at Budleigh Salterton.

“We’re currently analysing data from engineering and environmental offshore surveys of the planned undersea route just off the coast.

“The response from all the local stakeholders we’ve started discussions with has been very positive.

“Once we have laid the cables underground, we will reinstate the land so that it looks just as it did before we arrived.

“Nevertheless, we aim to hold a series of meetings with interested members of the public in the summer so we can hear what people think about our proposals.”

This interconnector, as it is called, will be able to carry power generated in Britain to France and vice versa.

In addition, the cables will go via the Channel Island of Alderney in order to pick up electricity which will be generated by a huge tidal stream power plant that is proposed in the island’s waters.

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