European Business Development was established alongside National Grid's RIIO regulated businesses to deliver the organisation's strategic growth ambitions, securing new business in the UK and other parts of the European market.
We're connecting energy systems in partnerships across Europe, making our energy supply at home more secure, and using our skills and expertise to help other countries build energy systems for the future, designing the best, most affordable, long term solutions for consumers and the environment.
Our operational businesses are the Interconnexion France-Angleterre interconnector between Great Britain and France and the BritNed interconnector which runs beneath the North Sea between the Isle of Grain in Kent and Maasvlakte, near Rotterdam.
Interconnexion France-Angleterre has been operational since 1986 through our joint venture with Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE). BritNed has been operational since 2011 through our joint venture with TenneT.
Working with strategic partners, we are also developing further interconnection between Great Britain and Europe. Our current portfolio of interconnector project interests at various stages of development includes Nemo Link, a planned interconnector to Belgium, Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2 (IFA2) to France,Viking Link to Denmark, Ice Link to Iceland and NSL to Norway, which when completed, will be the world's longest subsea power cable.
We are also exploring Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) methods that use a network of pipelines to carry compressed carbon dioxide from industrial emitters and power stations to safe storage below the seabed. National Grid is developing the Yorkshire and Humber carbon dioxide (CO2) transportation and storage cluster as a shared user infrastructure with both the White Rose and Don Valley Power Plant CCS projects. National Grid undertook the UK's first test drilling programme for storing carbon dioxide under the sea in 2013.
National Grid’s domestic transmission system.
The UK government has pledged to cut carbon dioxide emissions - currently around 650 million tonnes each year - by 80 per cent from 1990's level by 2050.