A government minister expressed strong support for a controversial £1.2 billion energy cable project after he was lobbied by its Conservative donor co-owner, The Times has learnt. Kwasi Kwarteng, now the business and energy secretary, was a minister in the same department at the time that he was approached last year. Alexander Temerko’s company, Aquind, is seeking permission to build the cable under the Channel to connect the UK and French power grids. Letters disclosed under freedom of information laws show that he lobbied ministers for support. The Aquind interconnector was granted nationally significant infrastructure status by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in 2018, which means that the business secretary will decide whether to grant the project approval. A decision is expected later this year.
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