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Are UK energy supplies in trouble after fire at French power link?

Fire at power facility

Fire at the National Grid IFA interconnector site in Sellindge, UK, on 15 September

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A fire broke out on 15 September at a facility that is part of the UK’s biggest electricity cable to continental Europe, causing wholesale power prices to spike and raising concerns over squeezed energy supplies in the coming months. So is the UK heading for a winter energy crisis? Here is what you need to know.

What has happened?

The fire occurred at a converter hall in Sellindge, Kent, which takes DC electricity running along the …