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Electricity Supply

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if his Department has made any studies or employed any external consultants, or has any plans to do so, to assess the economic and technical feasibility of linking the United Kingdom national electricity distribution grid to Iceland via cables, for the import of electricity generated in Iceland for use in the United Kingdom.

The supply of electricity in bulk is the responsibility of the electricity generating boards. I understand that, at present, the Central Electricity Generating Board has no plans to commission any feasibility studies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he has any plans to meet the general manager of the Icelandic Power Company, Mr. Halloor Jonatansson, to discuss the prospects of a power cable link-up between Iceland and the national grid, for the import of power generated in Iceland to the United Kingdom.

The supply of electricity in bulk is the responsibility of the electricity generating boards. I understand that representatives of the Icelandic Power Company have had informal discussions with the Central Electricity Generating Board. The board is keeping the possibility of a cable link under review.