Fire at UK-France electricity subsea cable triggers new price surge. A major fire at Britain’s main submarine cable for electricity will reduce imports from France until the end of March next year, National Grid warned, raising concerns about tight stocks at a time when power prices have already risen to record highs. The FTSE 100 Energy Company said on Wednesday this morning that a fire broke out at Sellindge near Ashford in Kent, where underground cables belonging to the IFA1 interconnector switch to a switching station. Emergency services were on most of the day.
FT 15th Sept 2021 read more »
A major fire has forced the shutdown of one of Britain’s most important power cables importing electricity from France as the UK faces a supply crunch and record high market prices. National Grid was forced to evacuate staff from the site of the IFA high-voltage power cable, which brings electricity from France to a converter station in Kent, where 12 fire engines attended the blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Guardian 15th Sept 2021 read more »
Britain is at risk of a winter energy blackout after a fire cut off a subsea cable that supplies power from France, experts have warned. The blaze at a National Grid substation in Kent shut down an “interconnector” capable of transmitting enough electricity for 1.4m homes. Energy prices surged in the wake of the closure, piling more pressure on businesses already struggling with record costs. Steel chiefs warned they had been forced to shut down plants at peak times in the past few weeks to avoid losses. National Grid said the cable would not be fully operational until the end of March next year due to fire damage and analysts said it left the UK perilously close to shortages.
Telegraph 15th Sept 2021 read more »
Fears of a winter energy crunch have deepened after a fire forced the shutdown of a crucial subsea power cable link to France that will not be repaired until late March. Gas and electricity prices surged yesterday, with month-ahead gas prices hitting all-time highs, after National Grid confirmed that the blaze at a site in Kent had caused the closure of the IFA interconnector, leaving Britain even more reliant on burning expensive gas to generate electricity. The 2 gigawatt power link, which was built in 1986, is capable of meeting the peak electricity demand of 2 million homes and typically imports nuclear power generated in France.
Times 16th sept 2021 read more »