IFA2 latest: Leading consultants Arcadis appointed to complete airfield assessment at Daedalus

Independent compatibility study announced by National Grid IFA2 Ltd for proposed project at Daedalus site

28 Jul 2016

  • Leading consultants Arcadis appointed to help ensure IFA2 energy project can coexist with airport operations at the Daedalus site
  • Assessment commissioned by National Grid IFA2 Ltd in conjunction with land owner  Fareham Borough Council
  • Assessment  will be carried out between July and September 2016


Expert consultants have been hired to help ensure that proposed cross channel energy link IFA2 can operate alongside the Solent Airport at Daedalus.


National Grid IFA2 Ltd, in conjunction with land owner Fareham Borough Council have appointed leading consultants Arcadis to carry out an independent assessment looking at how the IFA2 electricity interconnector would operate alongside the Solent Airport at the Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.


National Grid IFA2 Ltd is proposing to lease land at Daedalus for the British part of its proposed IFA2 project, which would help boost access to safe, reliable, affordable energy supplies by providing a new energy link with France.


Arcadis have been commissioned to carry out the assessment to ensure that the interconnector will be able to coexist with site owner Fareham Borough Council’s Vision for Daedalus and won’t adversely affect operations at the airport.


Arcadis will start work on their assessment this month with the report due to be completed in September 2016.


Morris Bray, from National Grid IFA2, who helped commission the assessment, said: “This independent assessment should help provide reassurance that our proposals won’t affect Fareham Borough Council’s Vision for Daedalus including its continued use as an operational airport.”


Stef Scannali, Arcadis Head of Safety Risk Management, said:  “We’re delighted to be supporting National Grid IFA2 Ltd and Fareham Borough Council on this vital project.

“We will be working to assure the safe development of the new IFA 2 interconnector whilst also allowing Solent Aiport at Daedalus to remain safe and fully operational.”


For more information, call the project team on 0800 0194 576 or email info@ifa2interconnector.com . or visit the website – www.ifa2interconnector.com


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Notes for editors


About IFA2

IFA2 is a proposed high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector linking the British and French transmission systems that will be capable of exporting or importing 1000MW of power between the two countries. It will be the second link to France following the commissioning of IFA in 1986. The project is being jointly developed by National Grid and Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE), the French network owner and operator.


National Grid IFA2 Ltd is the holder of an interconnector licence and is the company that National Grid Interconnectors Limited has formed to develop and bring forward the IFA2 project. We are legally separate from other companies within National Grid. This is enforced by the energy regulator Ofgem.  On 9, May 2016, National Grid IFA2 Limited submitted an application for planning permission to the local planning authority, Fareham Borough Council. 


National Grid IFA2 Ltd is a separate legal entity to National Grid Electricity Transmission plc (NGET). NGET is a separate company responsible for the works to connect the interconnector project to the existing national grid; by law the grid connection works must be kept separate from the interconnector and one company cannot develop both.


For the purposes of connecting to the existing electricity network, National Grid IFA2 Ltd is a customer of NGET and National Grid IFA2 Ltd can only connect in accordance with a connection offer made by NGET. National Grid IFA2 Ltd does not get preferential treatment.


Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE) is the French network owner and operator and RTE will be National Grid IFA2 Ltd’s partner on this project. RTE will have responsibility for the French elements of the project.


What is an interconnector?


IFA2 will be an electricity interconnector. This is a connection between the electricity transmission systems of different countries.


An interconnector allows countries to exchange power, helping to ensure safe, secure and affordable energy supplies.  It is made up of two converter stations – one in each country –connected by cables. Converter stations convert electricity between Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC). AC is used on land, to power our homes, businesses and services, while DC is used for sending electricity along the high voltage subsea cables.


Great Britain’s electricity transmission system also operates independently from continental Europe and the interconnector will use the converter stations along with substations to enable the different transmission systems to connect.


A substation is a point of connection to the national electricity network. National Grid Electricity Transmission plc is a separate company, with responsibility for  connecting electricity generators and interconnectors to the existing national electricity network.


To meet rising energy demands, National Grid is increasingly looking to join the UK’s electricity transmission system to other countries’ electricity networks via interconnectors. Links with France, known as IFA (Interconnexion France Angleterre), and the Netherlands, known as BritNed, are in operation. In addition, links with Belgium, known as Nemo Link, and with Norway, known as North Sea Link, are under construction. A link with Denmark, called Viking Link, is in development.


About Arcadis


Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services it works in partnership with its clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. They have 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues. They support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.


The work being undertaken by Arcadis on IFA2 includes:


  • An assessment of aerodrome safeguarding to ensure that the interconnector proposals are compliant with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations, in accordance with CAP 738: Safeguarding of Aerodromes (http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP738Issue02.pdf)


  • An assessment of the electromagnetic compatibility of the proposed interconnector with the airport, aircraft and associated aviation equipment.


  • A hazard identification and risk assessment to demonstrate that the interconnector proposals meet the necessary safety requirements in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority  CAP 760: “Guidance on the Conduct of Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and the Production of Safety Cases: For Aerodrome Operators and Air Traffic Service Providers  (http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP760.pdf)


For more information from Arcadis please contact:


Tel: Kerri Moore – 020 7812 2258 |EMAIL: kerri.moore@arcadis.com



About Fareham Borough Council (land owner Daedalus Airfield)


For more information from Fareham Borough Council please contact:


Lindsey Ansell, Head of Corporate Services, Fareham Borough Council

Tel: 0132 9 824567 |EMAIL:  lansell@fareham.gov.uk



Notes to Editors:

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and was named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. This accolade acknowledges all of our efforts in getting involve with the things that really matter to us and to society. We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

National Grid in the UK:

  • We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, operating it across Great Britain
  • We own and operate the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain
  • We also own a number of related businesses including LNG importation, land remediation and metering
  • Our portfolio of other businesses is mainly concerned with infrastructure provision and related services where we can exploit our core skills and assets to create value. These businesses operate in areas such as Metering, Grain LNG Import, Interconnectors and Property. National Grid Carbon Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid. It undertakes Carbon Capture Storage related activities on behalf of National Grid.

Find out more about the energy challenge and how National Grid is helping find solutions to some of the challenges we face at www.nationalgridconnecting.com

National Grid undertakes no obligation to update any of the information contained in this release, which speaks only as at the date of this release, unless required by law or regulation.

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