Multi-billion deal for UK power grid

THE European Investment Bank has agreed to provide €1.92 billion ($2.77 billion) for investment by National Grid plc across its national electricity transmission network.

Lou Caruana

This new support for connecting new power generation, upgrade ageing assets and improve network resilience to climate and security risks represents the largest-ever single loan made by Europe’s long-term lending institution.

The new long-term loan will include capital investment by National Grid reinforcing infrastructure between the Wirral and Scotland, and the London Power Tunnels, European Investment Bank vice president Jonathan Taylor said.

“Investment in the UK electricity transmission network is essential to prepare for future demand, connect new sources of renewable energy and upgrade old facilities,” he said.

“This agreement, the largest ever single loan to be provided by the European Investment Bank, reflects both the scale of energy investment needed and National Grid’s own experience in implementing such a diverse capital investment program.”

National Grid treasury director Malcolm Cooper said: “The European Investment Bank loan will be used to fund infrastructure investment and build an electricity network for the future”.

The EIB backed program will also include improvements to protect critical infrastructure from floods and providing substation capacity needed for new connections to offshore wind farms and new interconnectors to continental Europe.

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