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UK is unplugged.

Oops plans to import electricity from France during the Winter have suffered a bit of a blow.  The underwater cables have been snapped. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/11/29/winter-power-crunch-fears-uk-france-cables-severed-st...

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Re: UK is unplugged.

Today we are exporting about 1GW to France...  see pic. I wouldn't worry too much about not being able to import from France because the state of their generation is worse than ours (which is probably why we are exporting today; very cold in France).

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Re: UK is unplugged.

How are we exporting if the Interconnector is broke ?

 

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There are eight cables on the sea bed between here and France, four of them have been severed, probably by a ships anchor. Capacity has been reduced by 50% approx.

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So in fact we can import from France, just only 1GW max instead of 2GW

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Yep!

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This is what's been reported in the FT and as we normally export to France during the winter it shouldn't cause to much of an issue, but if it's not fixed by summer things might change. Imagine the size of the roll of insulating tape they'll need to fix that!

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This is the total import/export by source for yesterday and so far today. We were importing about 1GW yesterday evening but have been exporting since then. Settlement periods are 30 mins each.

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Mook wrote:

Imagine the size of the roll of insulating tape they'll need to fix that!


You saying that, what if they use heatshrink instead? - How would they heat it up surrounded by cold water!!!

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I bet the fish got a bit of a shock when it happened... Grin

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Re: UK is unplugged.

Where's a waterproof soldering iron when you need one.

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Snag in Channel, UK cut off!

 

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Snag in Channel, Europe isolated.

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With their chain of nuclear power stations - especially along the Loire, I always assumed we imported from France.

Just goes to show eh. Wink

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They have technical problems with their plant, and even bigger ones with Hinkley Point, not that that will affect power flow (yet!).

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/29/french-nuclear-power-worst-situation-ever-former...

http://www.powermag.com/frances-nuclear-storm-many-power-plants-down-due-to-quality-concerns/