BritNed interconnector expected to be out of action until 22 April; cable fault blamed

BritNed, a 1GW interconnector linking GB with the Netherlands, is out of action. The cable was said by its owner to have experienced an unplanned outage starting at 6.36 Central European Time on 9 March. The company added, “Current indications are that this outage is due to a cable fault and investigations are ongoing to establish the location of the fault”.

Itwas initially suggested the cable could be back in service by Thursday, but that has now been put back by more than a month.  BritNed has communicated a return to service date of 22 April, in accordance with REMIT requirements.

The outage comes just a month after BritNed returned to service after a previous cable fault. It stopped operating on 8 December and returned to full service on 11 February.

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