Friday, April 3, 2020
The two partners, National Grid and RTE, together with our contractors, have assessed and continue to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the construction works in both countries. In line with current government guidelines in the United Kingdom and France, essential work on the IFA2 interconnector project continues.
The construction of IFA2 is a key part of the development of national infrastructure for the UK and France. The two partners, National Grid and RTE, together with our contractors, have assessed and continue to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the construction works in both countries. In line with current government guidelines in the United Kingdom and France, essential work on the IFA2 interconnector project continues. Some of the activities are works that need to take place today, to ensure the running of the network tomorrow.
The welfare and safety of our employees, contractors and the local community remains our priority. All of the people who need to continue working on site and in the community, are doing so under stringent health and safety measures to protect not just themselves but also the communities in which we operate.
We are very grateful to our people who are continuing to go out to work every day to continue the construction of the energy networks of tomorrow at such a critical time.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Mayors meet to mark interconnector milestone
National Grid and RTE’s IFA2 interconnector project marked an important phase in its ongoing construction programme last week when the mayors of the two communities where cables come ashore in the UK and France jointly unveiled a ‘topping out plaque’.
The ‘topping out’ marks the completion of the external construction of the converter station building in the UK – an important part of the project that will link UK and French electricity transmission systems once operational.
Olivier Paz, the Mayor of Merville-Franceville in Normandy, joined Cllr Pamela Bryant, the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Seán Woodward, the Leader of Fareham Borough Council, and representatives of National Grid and RTE for the occasion.
Cllr Pamela Bryant, the Mayor of Fareham, said: “At Fareham Borough Council, we take climate change very seriously and have set an ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 through a range of initiatives including a credible carbon reduction plan. Although it is essential to take ambitious and sustained action locally, climate change will only be addressed if we work together with other countries. That is why at Fareham Borough Council we are proud to host IFA2 on land that we own.”
Olivier Paz, the Mayor of Merville-Franceville, said: “We hope that this electric link will be the start of other exchanges in the future between our localities which share the same frontiers. Culture, sport, history, tourism, our administrations, are some of the subjects where, if you accept, our cooperation would be worthwhile.”
David Luetchford, IFA2’s Project Director in the UK, said: “The electricity that will flow in both directions via IFA2 will increasingly be sourced from renewables in the UK, France and the rest of Europe. As part of a network of European subsea, clean energy super-highways, IFA2 will help to reduce Britain’s carbon emissions from the power sector - by 2030, 90% of electricity imported via National Grid’s interconnectors will be from zero carbon sources.”
IFA2 is a 1,000 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector currently under construction between the British and French transmission systems. When it becomes operational later this year it will provide the capability to export or import 1,000MW of power.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
National Grid IFA2 recently supported ‘Get Inspired Portsmouth’, organised by the Education Business Partnership (EBP South). Over 1000 young people attended the Portsmouth Guildhall at the end of January to learn about the range of careers available to them on their doorstep.
National Grid IFA2 recently supported ‘Get Inspired Portsmouth’, organised by the Education Business Partnership (EBP South). Over 1000 young people attended the Portsmouth Guildhall at the end of January to learn about the range of careers available to them on their doorstep. They were able to meet businesses from all industries who were there to inspire young people into their sectors through interactive activities.
Craig Hunter from IFA2 said: “Promoting careers in STEM is really important for our organisation as we look to address the skills gap. Encouraging and inspiring pupils to become the ‘next generation of engineers’ is the only way that we will be able to achieve a greener grid. The opportunity to engage with 1000+ school children and get them thinking about how the skills they are learning in school today could lead them to a career in STEM is critical to the success of transitioning the UK’s energy supply to zero carbon sources.”
National Grid IFA2 supported the EBP South’s Get Inspired events in both Portsmouth and Southampton this year to help give young people an opportunity to learn about the vast range of careers available to them on their doorstep and in the surrounding areas; and discover companies they may never had heard of.
“There’s a strong tradition of employment here in Portsmouth and it’s well known the biggest influence on career choices is family. However, it’s vital that young people are aware of all the career opportunities out there,” said Cath Longhurst, CEO of EBP South.
To find out more about EBP South’s Get Inspired events visit www.ebpsouth.co.uk/events.