Fire at key UK substation knocks out link to France

An interconnector between Britain and France is offline due to a substation fire in the UK, resulting in a price surge on both gas and electricity amid already record highs.

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A large fire at a key electricity converter station in the UK has shut down a major cable that brings power from France, worsening Britain’s energy crunch. Gas and power prices jumped.

The outage, which the UK’s grid manager said will last until at least Oct. 13, couldn’t come at a worse time with supplies already short and prices at record highs. Britain is a net importer of power, with France its biggest supplier via two cables that run across the English Channel.

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