FAB Link Ltd has hired Intertek to provide marine environmental and planning support for the France-Alderney-Britain (FAB) Project.
Intertek will be responsible for coordinating pre-application consultation, consent applications and consent compliance activities for FAB Link’s offshore infrastructure between UK landfall and southern extent of Alderney waters.
The scope of work includes the delivery of a marine licence application to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in England and a Food and Environment Protection Act (FEPA) licence application to the States of Guernsey for protection of the seabed required during the cable installation process.
FAB Link project involves the creation of High Voltage Direct Current (DC) link with a capacity of up to 1400 MW.
The project will consist of two pairs of electrical cables, a converter station at each end, and connections into the high voltage grids at each end.
The interconnector will travel nearly 220 km between the electrical substations at Menuel, on the Cotentin peninsula in France, and near Exeter, Devon, England and is scheduled to commence construction in 2018.
The aim of the project is to ensure security of electricity supply in the UK and continental Europe.
In addition, it will route via the Island of Alderney in order to pick up electricity which will be generated by a tidal stream power plant to be developed in the island’s waters.
The project is jointly developed by FAB Link Ltd, and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE).
FAB Link Ltd is a joint venture company of Transmission Investment LLP and Alderney Renewable Energy Ltd. RTE is the French transmission system operator of the electricity grid.