Spain’s link to France boosts intermittent power

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Roy and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Friday inaugurated the new electrical interconnection between the two Mediterranean countries.

The electricity line is a symbol of engineering triumph and a significant step towards the integration of Europe’s energy markets and the spread of renewable energy.

Costing about €700 million, the new 64.5 kilometer-long line began construction in 2008 and connects the towns of Santa Llogaia, near Figueras in Gerona, Spain, with the town of Baixas, near Perpignan, France. The line’s route is entirely underground, running through a concrete trench, apart from the stretch that crosses the Pyrenees which passes through an 8.5-kilometer tunnel that runs parallel to the high speed train line.

Of the project’s total €700 million budget, the European Union provided €225 million and the European Investment Bank a loan of €350 million.

The interconnection between Spain and France will follow a testing period and will come into commercial operation in June, doubling the electricity exchange between the two countries.

Pioneering project transforming Europe

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