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2.2GW Scotland-England electricity link online by 2016

16 Feb 2012 13:12:41 | edem

A planned subsea electricity interconnector linking Scotland and England is expected to be fully operational by 2016, transmission system owners National Grid and ScottishPower said on Thursday.

The companies revealed that the link, known as the "western bootstrap", will have a 2.2GW capacity − 200MW more than previously reported.

It will connect Hunterston in southwest Scotland to the Wirral in northwest England.

Germany's Siemens and UK-based cable manufacturer Prysmian were awarded a £1bn (€1.2bn) deal to build the cable and its onshore grid connections.

Previously, British energy regulator Ofgem said 2015 was the planned date for delivery (see EDEM 11 November 2011).

Ofgem is planning to pump £7bn into Scotland's transmission grid with the aim of increasing export capacity to England by 3.7GW, to a total of 7GW (see EDEM 23 January 2012).

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