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Britain's National Grid reports fire at IFA1 interconnector site

Fire cuts British power imports adding to supply squeeze, soaring prices
Fire cuts British power imports adding to supply squeeze, soaring prices   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021
By Reuters

LONDON – Britain’s National Grid on Wednesday reported a fire at its IFA1 interconnector site in Sellindge in Kent and it has been evacuated.

Interconnexion France-Angleterre (IFA) is a joint venture between the French transmission operator RTE and National Grid, operating a 2 gigawatt subsea electricity link between Britain and France.

“There has been a fire at our IFA interconnector site in Sellindge and emergency services are in attendance,” a National Grid spokesperson said.

“The site has been evacuated and the safety of our staff, emergency teams and local residents is our highest priority. We will provide a further update in due course,” the spokesperson said.

The IFA1 interconnector is expected to be offline until Oct. 13, Elexon data shows.

The outage comes at a time when UK baseload power prices are at record highs due to soaring gas prices, high carbon prices, tight supply and other maintenance outages.

The IFA2 interconnector, a second link between Britain and France commissioned in 2020, is operating and not affected.