What is National Grid Interconnector Limited?
National Grid Interconnector Limited is part of National Grid Plc, a major UK company which owns and manages gas and electricity infrastructure in the UK and in the north eastern US. In Britain the National Grid group runs the systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire country. In North Eastern US, the group provides power directly to millions of customers. The group holds a vital position at the centre of the energy system, joining everything up.
To meet rising energy demands, National Grid links the UK electricity transmission system to other countries’ networks via interconnectors. Links with France, known as IFA (Interconnexion France Angleterre), and the Netherlands, known as BritNed, have already been developed.
Who is Elia?
Elia is not just Belgium’s transmission system operator – it is also a key player at European level.
Elia is Belgium’s high-voltage transmission system operator (30 kV to 380 kV), operating over 8,000 km of lines and underground cables throughout Belgium.
Elia plays a crucial role in the community by transmitting electricity from generators to distribution systems, which in turn deliver it to the consumer. Elia also plays an essential part in the economy, as its system supplies power directly to major companies connected to the grid.
Elia employs more than 1,100 professionals in Belgium who are not only committed to dealing with future challenges but who also handle the day-to-day operation of a system considered to be one of the most reliable in Europe.
In 2010 Elia expanded its activities in Europe and, following its acquisition of German System Operator 50Hertz in cooperation with Industry Funds Management (IFM), is now one of the top five transmission system operators in Europe.