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Direct power cable to France needed – Guernsey Electricity

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A NEW electricity cable link is needed to ensure the island can meet future capacity, keep prices from fluctuating too wildly and increase security, Guernsey Electricity's managing director has said.

Alan Bates said the current cable to Jersey had a remaining lifespan of 10 years, and a direct link to France was needed so the island would be able to bring in far more power.

'We can currently import around three-quarters of our electricity and we need more capacity and more security, so in order to grow in the future we need this cable,' he said.

'We currently have a supply contract with EDF, which runs from 2013 to 2022, and that gives some certainty up to about three-years ahead.

'It is on a no-take, no-pay basis, so that if, for instance, the price of crude oil was to drop to $25 a barrel, we could look to that for power.'

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