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Western Bootstrap commissioning set to reduce constraint costs

Commissioning of a new HVDC link between Scotland and the England/Wales transmission networks is set to reduce constraint payments by £90 million a year, according to National Grid.

The undersea cable began operating in December 2017 – currently at a capacity of 900MW – said the System Operator (SO). The link is expected to increase to its full capacity of 2,200MW after the link is fully commissioned during 2018.

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