The following projects on the Spanish-French border have been declared as PCIs:
Bay of Biscay Project.
PCI 2.7 France-Spain interconnection project between Aquitaine (France) and the Basque Country (Spain).
After analysing the various alternatives for reinforcing the connection between Spain and France, the joint analysis between RTE and Red Eléctrica concluded that the most suitable project for bolstering cross-border connections was a new interconnection between the Basque Country and the French region of Aquitaine, consisting of a 2x1000 MW Direct Current link connection, mostly subsea (submarine). This project, called the ‘Bay of Biscay’, will increase the exchange capacity between Spain and France to 5,000 MW. This project is currently in the study and public participation phase and is expected to be commissioned by 2026-2027.
In addition to being a PIC, this project is also classified under the “Electricity Highways” category, which implies that it has long-term strategic usefulness.
Projects through the central Pyrenees.
- 2.27.1 Interconnection between Aragon (ES) and the Western Pyrenees (FR)
- 2.27.2 Interconnection between Navarra (ES) and Landes (FR)
These two projects consider two new interconnections between Spain and France through the Pyrenees, proposed in the ‘Madrid Declaration’ of March 2015, that aim to increase the exchange capacity between Spain and France to 8000 MW.
These projects are currently in the definition phase and are expected to be commissioned in the 2029-2030 horizon.