Ministers fear Britain could face blackouts in next decade

Ministers fear Britain could face blackouts in next decade

£5 billion of sea cables to import electricity

The Government plans to spend more than £5 billion laying 11 undersea power cables to allow Britain to import electricity from neighbouring countries and prevent blackouts in the next decade.

The giant cables would provide up to 10GW of electricity, this would be enough to power 2.4 million homes a year. They also would allow Britain to import power from areas where there is a surplus, to prevent blackouts in areas with shortages.

Britain’s likely energy shortfall will be made worse by the fact the country has less capacity to import power than any other in Europe at this given time.

Crucial talks are taking place with the governments of Ireland, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Iceland and the authorities in the Channel Islands to allow power cables to be laid in Britain according to the Department of Energy.

Earlier this year, the 160-mile BritNed cable between the Isle of Grain in north Kent and the Netherlands was laid at a cost of £500 million. Eleven cables totalling about 1,000 miles long would cost about £5.5 billion.

Britain may not have enough energy supplies to meet surging demand in the mid-2020s, therefore added urgency has been given to the project by the realisation the Department of Energy.

Energy minister Charles Hendry told Financial Mail that by the next decade there would be a huge increase in power consumption to meet the demand from homes and electric cars.

As our energy consumption rockets, these cables maybe the solution to our problems.

 

Source: BBC News

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