The United Kingdom rejects the request to build a power cable between France and Britain

British Energy Secretary Kwasi Quarting attends the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 4, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Thursday rejected a planning request for a high-voltage undersea power cable project linking Britain and France.

The project, led by investment firm Aquind, aims to link power grids in Britain and France to make energy markets more efficient, improve supply and provide greater flexibility.

British Business Secretary Kwasi Quarting made the decision to reject the planning, according to government documents.

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“The Secretary of State… has decided, pursuant to

Section 104(3), for refusal of development permission,” says the documents.

An Aquind spokesperson declined to immediately comment.

A letter explaining the ruling said that the decision could only be appealed through judicial review. Judicial review involves asking a court to rule on the legality of a decision made by an administrative body.

Ackwind claims that its submarine cable connecting England and Normandy will be able to transmit 1,6000.00 megawatt-hours of electricity each year, or about 5% or 3% of the total annual consumption of Great Britain and France.

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(Reporting by William James) Written by Guy Faulconbridge

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