• Short Summary

    HOUSEWIVES LIVING IN SOUTH EAST ENGLAND COOKED THEIR EVENING MEAL ON DECEMBER 8TH WITH FRENCH ELECTRICITY WHICH HAD BEEN BOOSTED ALONG A 30-MILE UNDER-SEA CABLE FROM LE PORTEL, A BOULOGNE SUBURB.

  • Description

    HOUSEWIVES LIVING IN SOUTH EAST ENGLAND COOKED THEIR EVENING MEAL ON DECEMBER 8TH WITH FRENCH ELECTRICITY WHICH HAD BEEN BOOSTED ALONG A 30-MILE UNDER-SEA CABLE FROM LE PORTEL, A BOULOGNE SUBURB. EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE BRITISH MINISTER OF POWER, MR. RICHARD WOOD, FORMALLY OPENED THE GBP5 MILLION LINK AT THE GRID CONTROL CENTRE AT EAST GRINSTEAD, SUSSEX. SIMULTANEOUSLY, AT THE PLESSIS GASSOT SWITCHING STATION, PARIS, THE FRENCH MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, M. JEANNENEY, WAS PLAYING HIS PART IN SWITCHING THROUGH 80,000 KILOWATTS OF ELECTRICITY, POSSIBLY GENERATED IN THE FRENCH ALPS.

    USING TELEVISION AND TELEPHONE, MR. WOOD AND M. JEANNENEY SAW, AS WELL AS SPOKE TO EACH OTHER. MR. WOOD TOLD A LARGE AUDIENCE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY:
    PEAK ELECTRICITY PERIODS IN FRANCE AND BRITAIN ARE AT DIFFERENT TIMES. BRITAIN WILL SEND POWER FROM EAST GRINSTEAD FOR THE FRENCHMAN'S BREAKFAST AND FRANCE WILL AUGMENT SOUTH-EAST ENGLAND'S SUPPLY IN TIME FOR EARLY EVENING TEA. FRANCE DRAWS ABOUT HALF HER ENERGY REQUIREMENTS FROM HYDRO-ELECTRIC STATIONS FED BY MELTING SNOW, SO THAT HER SEASONS OF PEAK SUPPLY ARE IN THE AUTUMN AND SPRING. BRITAIN, ON THE OTHER HAND, RELIES MAINLY ON COAL-FIRED PLANTS, AND THUS HAS SURPLUS ENERGY IN THE SUMMER. COST OF THE SCHEME WILL BE SHARED BY THE TWO COUNTRIES BUT THERE SHOULD BE AN ANNUAL SAVING IN OPERATING COSTS OF ABOUT GBP300,000 AND FEWER NEW STATION WILL BE NEEDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC4P40I63UF640CYH5ZYXOONGA
    Media URN:
    VLVAC4P40I63UF640CYH5ZYXOONGA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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