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UK energy schemes given EU funding

The European Commission has awarded €75M (£59M) towards UK energy infrastructure schemes.

The Commission announced the support as part of a broader wave of investment in projects with cross-border energy security benefits.

UK projects to receive funding include the proposed NSN interconnector, a subsea cable linking to Norwegian hydropower.

Two interconnectors to France – Eleclink, based in the service tunnel of the Eurotunnel; and FAB Link via Alderney in the Channel Islands – will also be funded.

These schemes could almost double the power the UK can receive through interconnectors with other markets.

Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “This is excellent news for the UK and Europe.

“The Commission’s decision to fast-track funding is a real boost to getting these projects built.”

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