A cable to trade up to 1GW of power through the Channel Tunnel came a step closer on Thursday. Developer Eleclink signed connection agreements with transmission networks in England and France.

Under these contracts, the interconnector may connect to substations at Sellindge, Kent, and Les Mandarins, northern France.

The link between National Grid’s system and the Réseau de transport d’électricité (RTE) will be up and running in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Eleclink has also submitted applications to national energy regulators on either side of the Channel to exempt it from certain European regulations.

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