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Case Study

AQUIND Interconnector (AWARD SHORTLIST)

AQUIND Interconnector is a new underground and subsea electric power transmission link that will connect the UK and French national power grids. Once complete it will be capable of transmitting approximately 5% of Great Britain’s total annual electricity consumption, enough to keep the lights on in up to 5 million British households

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This interconnector project will improve security of energy supply.

Background

AQUIND Interconnector is a new underground and subsea electric power transmission link that will connect the UK and French national power grids. Once complete it will be capable of transmitting approximately 5% of Great Britain’s total annual electricity consumption, enough to keep the lights on in up to 5 million British households.

How we assisted

BECG’s initial community engagement activity on the project comprised a comprehensive stakeholder mapping exercise and targeted community and political engagement to support AQUIND’s optioneering process to identify appropriate locations for the project’s landfall, onshore cable route and converter station locations.

Following this, BECG designed a comprehensive engagement programme incorporating community, political, business and environmental stakeholders operating locally, regionally and nationally, including:

Results

BECG has led all communications on the project over the past three years, reaching over 100,000 households and encompassing all local communities affected by the plans.
Our activity helped drive a significant level of positive feedback, with 86% stating they found the consultation helpful.

This activity has led to AQUIND Interconnector being accepted for Examination by Central Government in December 2019.

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