The England-France Interconnector is a 2,000MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between the French and British transmission systems with ownership shared between National Grid and Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE). The UK landing point is at Baker's Gap, near Folkestone from where the interconnector is cabled underground to Sellindge converter station and connected to the transmission system. The interconnector is approximately 70km in length with 45km of subsea cable. The availability has consistently exceeded 93% per year.
National Grid Interconnectors Limited has been established and incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid Plc to receive an interconnector licence as a consequence of the Energy Act 2004 and taking effect on Monday 14 August 2006.
National Grid Interconnectors Ltd will jointly own and operate the Interconnexion France Angleterre (IFA) with RTE SA (the French transmission system operator).