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Grupo Cobra


Spain (País Vasco), France (Côte Nord-Ouest) and United Kingdom (South West England)

Detailed description:

(Project under promotion/development since 2009)
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BRITIB Project is a major piece for the development of the second priority corridor North-South electricity interconnections in Western Europe established by EU Regulation 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure. Furthermore, it constitutes the necessary link with the first priority corridor Northern Seas offshore grid, enabling a large share of non-correlated RES generation (wind and sun) and back-up capacity between North and South.

It is the longest subsea power interconnector in the world and the only project interconnecting 3 Member States within such priority corridor and will allow for direct bidirectional power exchange between any of the electrical systems and direct access to their respective markets or pricing zones (MIBEL: Portugal and Spain; EPEX SPOT: Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland; and APX: Netherlands, UK and Belgium).

The project consists of a three-branched submarine HVDC interconnector between Spain, France and UK, with a total approx. length of 1.300 km that will allow the transmission of 1000-2000 MW, at a voltage of at least 500 kV.

The project was supported and partially granted for its feasibility study by the European Commission (TEN-E 2011). BRITIB Project has been assessed in the TYNDP 2014 of ENTSO-E (project 182) with very positive results and has been presented as a potential candidate for the PCI 2015 list.