The IFA2 project concerns the HVDC electricity transmission interconnector between France and England across the English Channel. The French landfall in North of Caen, at Merville-Franceville, in the Baie de Seine, and the English landfall is at Daedalus, in the Solent and Approaches. The route length of the main HVDC interconnection (2x bundles power cables + FO Cable) is in the order of 204km. Boulder removal activities as well as Post-lay burial activities for #C3 were executed between September 2019 and February 2020.

Prysmian has awarded ASSO a contract for the execution of perform Post Lay Burial activities by means of Mechanical Trenching and subsequently as-buried survey operations for approximately of 109,600m across the HVDC route.

 ASSO’s scope of work included:

  • Preparation Activities//Mobilization-Demobilization
  • Post Lay Burial by means of Trenching 

Vessel/Equipment used:

  • Aethra 
  • AssoTrencher IV Mk9 (deep water)
  • Atom ROV
  • MF Plough
  • AssoGrapple 


Project Specifications

IFA2 HVDC Interconnection France - Angleterre project

Prysmian PowerLink SrL
Cable Type:
Power 2x HVDC & 1x FO cables bundled
Cable Diameter:
140.7 mm (24mm FO)
Service Provided:
Cable Protection
National Grid and Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE)
Trenching Length & Burial Depth:
109600m @ 1.0m, 1.5m and 2.0m
France and England (across the English Channel)
Max Water Depth: