timeline

This is the expected timeline for the new interconnector, showing all the main stages from the start of the development phase through to commercial operation in 2025

OCTOBER

2016

Grid Connection Agreement in UK with National Grid

DECEMBER

2016

Interconnector License granted by Ofgem

MAY

2017

Grid Connection Agreement in France with RTE

JANUARY

2018

Initial Project Assessment of Cap and Floor scheme published by Ofgem

MARCH

2018

Prior consultation (concertation prealable) in France completed

APRIL

2018

Project of Common Interest (PCI) status awarded by European Commission

JULY

2018

Investment Request submitted to CRE and Ofgem

JANUARY

2019

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) grant awarded by European Commission

JULY

2019

Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract procurement started

OCTOBER

2019

Offshore geophysical and geotechnical survey completed

MARCH

2020

Onshore geophysical and geotechnical surveys in France and UK completed

OCTOBER

2020

Outline Planning Application and Marine Licence Application in the UK

MARCH

2021

Granting of Outline Planning Permission in the UK

MAY

2021

Application for Environmental Authorisation and Maritime Public Area Utilisation Rights in France

JULY

2021

Application for Environmental Authorisation for the RTE grid connection in France

OCTOBER

2021

Granting of Marine Licence in the UK

END

2021

Regulatory approval by CRE and Ofgem

MID

2022

Granting of Environmental Authorisation and Maritime Public Area Utilisation Rights in France

MID

2022

Selection of Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractors

MID

2022

Granting of Building Permit in France

END

2022

Financial Investment Decision

END

2022

Start of construction

END

2025

Commercial operations