UK-France power link to run tests before start-up -Britain's National Grid

(This Jan. 23 story has been corrected to say that National Grid has five operational interconnectors, not four, in the last paragraph)

(Reuters) - Britain's National Grid's 2-gigawatt power link with France, the IFA1 interconnector, will carry out system tests between Jan. 24 and Jan. 27 before each side returns to service, Elexon Remit data showed on Monday.

"During the period, intermittent tests will be carried out up to 500 megawatts (MW) in both directions" until the power link is "commercially available at 2000 MW," the National Grid's notice said.

The IFA1 interconnector, which was damaged by a 2021 fire that affected half its capacity, was slated to fully return to service by December last year, but the outage was later extended.

The National Grid has five operational interconnectors – two in France (IFA1 and IFA2), one to the Netherlands (BritNed), another one in Belgium (Nemo Link) and one to Norway (North Sea Link).

(Reporting by Seher Dareen and Deep Vakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese, Leslie Adler and Kevin Liffey)