Nemo outperforms in first year
The Nemo Link power cable between UK and Belgium has recorded world leading performance in its first full year of operation.
New Johnson mandate to shape post-Brexit trade and net-zero
The Conservatives' decisive victory in the General Election sets the country on the path to Brexit and EU trade deal negotiations, including talks on the future trading arrangements for the gas and electricity flowing through interconnectors to Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Ireland and Denmark.
ABB to connect offshore wind with HVDC in UK first
ABB has been selected by energy companies SSE Renewables and Equinor to use its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter systems to connect the world's largest offshore wind farms to the UK transmission network.
An alternative route to Black Start
Electricity interconnectors are increasingly adding flexibility to the high voltage network in Great Britain. But can their convertor capacity also offer a Black Start service to the grid? Oluwole Daniel Adeuyi and colleagues at the National HVDC Centre, operated by Scottish Hydro Electricity, discuss its recent scenario planning around an interconnector Black Start.
With post-Brexit energy trading arrangements still unresolved and Europe's connectivity lagging expectations, Fieldfisher energy experts David Haverbeke, Lis Blunsdon and Yohanna Weber, discuss why more attention needs to be focused on critical power infrastructure.
Gas Networks Ireland issues Brexit update
Gas Networks Ireland is satisfied that there will be no adverse impact on gas flows due to Brexit, including in a no-deal scenario.
GMB wants UK to reduce reliance on interconnectors
The energy union GMB says the UK should not rely so heavily on interconnectors, arguing for more investment in domestic generation rather than importing power from overseas.
Technology & Operations
Firms invited to bid for construction of Ireland-Wales interconnector
Companies are being invited to express an interest in bidding for construction of a 205km undersea electricity interconnector between the UK and Ireland.
Over-reliance on interconnectors could risk security of supply
An over-reliance on interconnectors to provide backup power for intermittent renewables could put the security of power supplies at risk, a new report from Aurora Energy Research has cautioned.
Technology & Operations
Approval for electricity interconnector
A new electricity interconnector will be built between Northern Ireland and the Republic after planning permission was granted.
Landmark for English Channel electricity link project
A project which will see a 1,000mw high voltage direct current (HVDC) link run from France to England has moved a step forward.
Green fuels needed for long-term energy storage
Government and industry have been implored to "redouble" their efforts to develop green fuels for long-term energy storage to fill the gap left by fossil fuels.
Ofgem approves interconnectors for cap and floor regime
Ofgem has given preliminary approval for three new interconnectors to France, Germany and Norway to operate under the cap and floor regime.
National Grid profits surge
National Grid Group has announced a substantial rise in profits in the year to the end of March.
Supply deals worth €620m signed for new link with France
Supply deals worth €620 million have been signed for the new IFA2 interconnector which will join the electricity networks of the UK and France.
Murphy to support Siemens on Nemo contract
Engineering and construction firm J Murphy & Sons has been appointed by Siemens to help deliver the Nemo Link interconnector for National Grid.
Join the dots: a talk with the NIC’s Philip Graham
Jane Gray speaks with National Infrastructure Commission chief executive Philip Graham about his plan for electricity system transformation and its links to national infrastructure needs.
NIC calls for raft of regulatory changes
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK’s future low-carbon energy system.