AQUIND Interconnector

Project information

Latest update - 10 July 2024

An error with the link to the Applicant’s response was identified. This has now been amended.

The Secretary of State has received responses from the Applicant (PDF, 242KB) and the Ministry of Defence (PDF, 112KB) following an information request of 16 May 2024 (PDF, 91.6 KB). The Secretary of State is considering these responses, and a further update will be provided in due course.

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About the project

Type of application: Electric Lines

Name of applicant: AQUIND Limited

Development of AQUIND Interconnector with a nominal net capacity of 2000MW between Great Britain and France located off the coast of Portsmouth offshore and between Portsmouth and Lovedean substation onshore.

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Project stage

This project is at the decision stage.

Pre-application
completed

This is where the applicant starts to create their application. The applicant is required to consult with people and organisations in the area. They must also create detailed documents about the impact the project could have on the environment.

It is important to get involved at this stage to influence the application before the applicant sends it to the Planning Inspectorate.

Find out what you can do at this stage and check our detailed guides.

Acceptance
completed

This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.

Pre-examination
completed

The Examining Authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say needs to register at this stage.

The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.

Examination
completed

The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?

Recommendation
completed

The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.

Decision
in progress

The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

Who makes the final decision.

What happens after the decision is made
not started

Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.

Project location

From the UK seaward limit in the English Channel to Lovedean Substation.


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Telephone

If you have an interested party number, have it with you when you call.

Telephone: 0303 444 5000
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm (except bank holidays)

Email

aquind@planninginspectorate.gov.uk.

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We aim to respond within 10 working days.

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