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Tidal power: the FRANCE - ALDERNEY - BRITAIN (FAB) link takes a step closer to reality

Tue 11 October 2016

A major international project that will see tidal-generated electricity flowing between the Channel Islands and the UK and France has taken a step closer to reality, with a route having finally been decided and construction scheduled to commence in 2018.  

The FAB (France - Alderney - Britain) Link will consist of two pairs of electrical cables running underground and underwater between Menuel, on the Cotentin Peninsular in France, and Whimple, near Exeter, Devon. The electricity will be generated via tidal power (the Channel Island of Alderney has some of the strongest tides in the world) and forwarded on to the substations. It is expected that sufficient power will be harnessed to generate enough low carbon, clean, renewable energy to power 1.8 million homes in France & the UK. For more information click here 

The project has substantial implications for property and land owners along the proposed route. In practical terms, this involves establishing a 30 metre wide working strip in which to lay the cables, after which the ground will be reinstated and an easement established on the land in perpetuity.  

Compulsory purchase and compensation legislation is notoriously complicated, and as such, Stags has been retained by several land owners along the Devon stretch of the route. Our Professional Services team is helping these clients negotiate with the acquiring authority, advising on the legal and practical implications of signing an option for easement, whilst also ensuring that we secure the best payment possible.  

As construction work on the cable begins, we will be advising our clients on their rights, as well as compiling claims for disturbance caused to the land including crop loss, income foregone and client’s time spent. For more information on how the Stags Professional Services team can assist in compulsory purchase claims, please call Dianne Shirazian on 01392 439046.  

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