AQUIND Interconnector

will link the British and French electric power grids to make energy markets more efficient, improve security of supply and reduce carbon emissions.

AQUIND Interconnector is a new subsea and underground High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) electric power transmission link between the South Coast of England and Normandy in France. By linking the British and French electric power grids it will make energy markets more efficient, improve security of supply and enable greater flexibility as power grids evolve to adapt to different sources of renewable energy and changes in demand trends such as the development of electric vehicles. AQUIND Interconnector has been recognised as a candidate for the PCI (Project of Common Interest) status. With the capacity of 2,000 MW, AQUIND Interconnector will transmit 16,000,000 MWh of electricity each year between the two connected countries, which is 5% and 3% of the total consumption of Great Britain and France respectively, i.e. consumption by millions of households. The technology used for the interconnection will allow transmission of electricity in both directions. This will result in more efficient use of production capacities and better management of electricity consumption and production fluctuations. The interconnector will also be able to provide various services to the national system operators in both countries to ensure safe and reliable operation of national electricity transmission systems. Beyond that, the interconnector will deliver vital services to the national transmission system operators in both countries and provide a route for exporting surplus energy from Britain to France.

AQUIND Interconnector will use well-tested and reliable technology. Without overhead lines, AQUIND strives to achieve as low visual impact as practically possible.

AQUIND Interconnector is being developed without government subsidies. This will ensure additional security and diversity of energy supply, promote energy market competition and enhance value for energy consumers.

AQUIND in Numbers

  • 2,000 MW

    NOMINAL CAPACITY
  • 16 TWh

    ELECTRICITY TRANSMITTED EACH YEAR

    The actual utilisation rate of the interconnector depends on market conditions, limitations by national transmission system operators and other factors.

  • 5%

    OF BRITAIN’S TOTAL CONSUMPTION
  • 3%

    OF FRANCE'S TOTAL CONSUMPTION

HVDC Interconnector

High Voltage Direct Current

The distance between the connecting stations at Lovedean in Hampshire and Barnabos in Normandy renders the use of a simple Alternating Current (AC) connection impossible. Furthermore, it is essential that disturbances in one network do not affect the consumer power supply in the other network. For these reasons, the interconnector will utilise the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology. It provides the most controllable and efficient power connection between the networks while effectively de-coupling the networks in terms of disturbances that could affect consumers on each network.

The HVDC technology had been widely used for high power interconnectors since the 1960’s but in the early 2000’s a new generation Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based HVDC technology entered the market. It uses state-of-the-art power electronic converters and digital control systems to create compact stations that convert AC power to DC power. The AQUIND converter stations will leave no more than half of the footprint left by an equivalent conventional LLC converter station. Applying the new VSC technology will further enable AQUIND to offer ancillary services to the transmission networks by providing rapid voltage and frequency support during system disturbances.

Inside the Converter Station

At the heart of the Lovedean and Barnabos converter stations will be the latest generation of power electronic converters.

The converter features hundreds of sub-modules complete with redundant units. This maintains the station in service at full power even with multiple sub-modules out of service. A key design requirement for AQUIND Interconnector is a considerably high level of energy availability coupled with minimal maintenance requirements. To ensure that no single fault results in a complete loss of the interconnector, AQUIND will be designed as two independent 1,000 MW links. Each link will be fully self-sufficient in terms of control systems, protection systems, auxiliary power supplies and cooling systems. Very few credible faults can result in a complete loss of a 2,000 MW power capability.

HVDC Interconnector

Company Management

  • Alexander Temerko

    Director

    Alexander is a prominent British industrialist, a vocal meritocracy advocate and a believer in Great Britain as a high-tech hub for industries of the future.

    An engineer and a lawyer by training, Alexander was a junior minister and a key negotiator in the Boris Yeltsyn government before turning his attention to industry and manufacturing. In 2000, Alexander joined Yukos Oil Company where he served as director and deputy chairman of the board before moving to the UK in 2005. Between 2008 and 2017, Alexander was director and deputy chairman of Newcastle-based OGN Group, an engineering, procurement and construction services provider to the North Sea offshore energy industry.

    Alexander regularly contributes to major UK and international media on economic and political affairs.

  • Richard Glasspool (BA, FCA)

    Director

    A non-executive director with AQUIND Limited and a former Partner at KPMG Russia and CIS.

    Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and where he began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co in London qualifying in 1983. He worked for several UK listed companies before joining KPMG where he advised on the Middle East, Russia and Central & Eastern Europe.

    Following his 17 years with KPMG, Richard has served as an independent and non-executive director for a number of companies, including the OGN Group and from 2008 to 2014 on the Supervisory Board of Credit Bank of Moscow where he was also Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Kirill Glukhovskoy (LLM, MBA, ACMA)

    Managing Director

    Kirill has been leading the AQUIND Interconnector project since its inception in 2014.

    Formerly a senior lawyer with major Russian energy companies and industrial heavyweights, he holds an MBA from the London Business School. Kirill has advised UK companies, including OGN Group, on corporate and business development and joined the board of Aquind Limited, the OGN Group renewables arm, in 2011. Following a corporate spin off, Kirill became Managing Director of the newly independent AQUIND Interconnector business in 2016.

Company news

  • 17 November 2017, London

    MMT starts offshore geophysical survey for AQUIND Interconnector

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  • 06 March 2017, London

    AQUIND Limited, the developer of AQUIND Interconnector, accepts the Technical and Financial Proposal from RTE, the national transmission system operator of France, for connection to the French grid.

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  • 14 September 2016, London

    Ofgem grants Aquind Limited the Electricity Interconnector license

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In the media

  • Bloomberg

    Thursday 4 May, 2017

    Profit Beats Brexit in Biggest Race for Power Cables to U.K.

    Investment in new interconnection between the UK and Europe is growing strong, despite Brexit.

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  • The Times

    Saturday 15 April, 2017

    Keeping Britain connected to Europe — just as it leaves

    The Times looks at how undersea cables are helping to deliver greener energy

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  • Huffington Post

    Thursday 16 March, 2017

    Theresa May’s Industrial Team Focus On New UK-France Electricity Connection

    Aquind director, Alexander Temerko argues that supporting new interconnectors should become a priority for the UK Government to fulfil growing energy needs of the country

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