GRIDLINK LAUNCHES NEXT PHASE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS IN FRANCE

GridLink has launched a new phase of public consultations in France.  These public consultations are intended to inform local communities, interest groups and other stakeholders about the results of the environmental studies and assessments for the GridLink interconnector project. This is the third phase of the public consultations, following the preliminary consultation in December 2017 and consultation at the launch of the environmental impact assessment at the end of 2019.

Following this public consultation, GridLink plans to submit an application for environmental authorisation and maritime public area utilisation rights in November 2020.

The public consultation, under the aegis of the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) and its guarantor Mr. Laurent DEMOLINS, includes a virtual exhibition, two public meetings and several thematic meetings with the main stakeholders.

The key dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 23rd September: Launch of the virtual exhibition on the GridLink web-site
  • Wednesday 7th October: Public meeting from 18:30 to 20:30 at Bourbourg town hall
  • Wednesday 14th October: Public meeting from 18:30 to 20:30 at Loon-Plage town hall 

GridLink would like to hear your views about any aspect of the project, either through your participation in the public meetings, completion of the feedback form in the virtual exhibition or Contact Us via the GridLink web-site.

GRIDLINK LAUNCHES UK PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

GridLink has initiated its pre-application public consultations in the UK.  The public consultations are intended to inform local communities, interest groups and other stakeholders about the GridLink interconnector project, and to obtain feedback on our proposals.

The public consultations comprise a virtual exhibition (including a live chat session), online public meeting and information points where people can take away copies of the information leaflet and non-technical summary about the project.

The key dates of the public consultations are:

    Friday 28th August to Friday 11th September: Virtual exhibition and information points
    Friday 4th September: Live chat from 16:30 to 20:30
    Friday 11th September: Online public meeting from 18:30 to 20:30

GridLink would like to hear your views about any aspect of the project, either through participation in the online public meeting, completion of the feedback form in the virtual exhibition or Contact Us via the web-site.

GRIDLINK STARTS SECOND PHASE OF TENDER FOR ENGINEERING, PROCUREMENT AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

GridLink has launched the tender phase of the procurement of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts for the construction of the converter stations and supply and installation of the HVDC cable system.

The tender process is being implemented according to the Negotiated procedure set down in Council Directive 2014/25/EU on public procurement. A shortlist of suitably qualified Tenderers for each contract was selected during a pre-qualification phase, and these companies have been issued with the tender documents.

Tender submissions are expected by the end of 2020, and the tender evaluations, selection of the successful tenderers and contract negotiations will be completed in 2021.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

GridLink is revising its programme of work to take into account the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and Government guidelines to keep everybody safe and well.

With the health and well-being of its employees, advisors, stakeholders and the general public as the most important consideration, GridLink has decided to postpone public consultation events from June until September 2020.

The planning of other technical and commercial activities are also amended to allow additional time for consultations with our partners, accommodate changes to working practices and reflect the availability of personnel.

GridLink will continuously review the Government guidelines issued for working during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure that the health and safety of every person involved with the project is given the highest priority.

GRIDLINK COMPLETES ONSHORE SURVEYS IN UK AND FRANCE

GridLink has completed its surveys of the converter station sites and onshore cable routes in the UK and France.

The surveys have provided key information to enable the design of the converter stations, planning of the cable routes and selection of the installation methods for the underground cables.

The information also supports our environmental studies and coordination with existing public utilities owners.

GRIDLINK PLANS PUBLIC MEETINGS IN DECEMBER

GridLink has started a new phase of public consultation in France to discuss the latest progress of the project and plan the scope of the environmental studies. Two public meetings are organized in Loon-Plage and Bourbourg on December 3 and 10. They are open to all to inquire, ask questions or make comments.

Public meeting: 3 décembre à la mairie de Loon-Plage, 27 place de la République, à 18h30

Public meeting: 10 décembre à la mairie de Bourbourg, place de l’Hôtel de ville, à 18h30

GRIDLINK STARTS ONSHORE SURVEYS IN UK AND FRANCE

GridLink has commenced its onshore surveys in the UK and France.  The surveys involve the use of a range of topographical, geophysical and geotechnical techniques to investigate the land surface, existing underground public services, underlying geology and environmental conditions.  The companies awarded the contracts to carry out the survey are SOCOTEC in the UK and GEOTEC SAS in France.

GridLink completes marine survey

GridLink has completed its offshore seabed survey.  The offshore survey has provided key information to enable the cable route to be optimised taking into account seabed geology, wrecks, obstacles and environmental features.  The seabed survey will be used to inform the cable installation design and methods, cable-lay planning and environmental impact assessment.

GridLink launches tender for Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts

GridLink has announced the Contract Notices for two tenders for the construction of the project: 1) converter stations in UK andFrance; and 2) subsea HVDC cable between UK and France.

The tender process will be implemented according to Negotiated procedure set down in Council Directive 2014/25/EU on public procurement.  The first stage requires interested parties to submit an expression of interest followed by completion of a pre-qualification questionnaire to enable a short-list of suitably-qualified candidates to be identified.  The second stage comprises an invitation to the short-listed candidates to submit a tender for the contract.  The pre-qualification stage is expected to be completed in December 2019, with the tender stage starting in early 2020 so as to be completed by the end of the year.