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

AUTUMN

2020

Applications for development consents in UK and France

AUTUMN

2021

Selection of Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractors

AUTUMN

2021

Approval of development consents in UK and France

WINTER

2021

Regulatory approval by CRE and Ofgem

WINTER

2021

Financial Investment Decision

SPRING

2022

Start of construction

SPRING

2025

Commercial operations