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depositphotos_325201358-stock-photo-two-pillars-of-transmission-lines.jpg?profile=RESIZE_400xCONTROVERSIAL proposals for a £1.2bn electricity link between Portsmouth and France are being ‘carefully considered’ by Britain’s planning inspectorate, a government minister has said.

Business, energy and industrial strategy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said the planning inspector is examining an application by Aquind Ltd to build the new electricity link.

The company wants to lay a 148-mile cable between Lovedean and Normandy, which would run ashore from Eastney and slice through Portsmouth.

The firm said the new interconnector could supply cheaper, greener electricity, eventually providing up to five per cent of Britain’s power.

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Portsmouth Evening News

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