A Portsmouth cable connecting across the Channel to France, has been cited as being the result of the Tory party receiving £1.3 million from donors connected to the project, and who are accused of allegedly paying Tory Business ministers to allow an under sea electricity cable project, costed at £1.2 billion & 150 miles long, to connect Portsmouth to France.
Something that is not so well advertised is that the company concerned, AQUIND, also intend to lay huge data pipes alongside it as being a part of the deal.
AQUIND is a UK company created for the purpose of developing the cable project, but is owned by AQUIND ENERGY SARL, which is controlled by an ex-Russian oil baron, Viktor Fedotov, and who is now a British citizen.
Recently, Fedotov gave half the shares of that company to a Soviet born Ukrainian, Alexander Temerko who is now also a British citizen.
Alexander Temerko has personally supported Boris Johnson for some years
offering to financially support Johnson’s Party Leader campaign.
Both Fedotov and Temerko are multi millionaires, having made their money from the oil and arms industries in Russia. Both are believed to have had close contacts with the Kremlin, and even with President Putin at times. Close connections with the Russian Secret Services are also assumed to have been the normal and that is probably still the case.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the UK Government Business Secretary is to reach a decision on the plans by September 2021 following a public examination of the scheme, but appears to have decided which side of the fence he stands on already.
Writng to Temerko, Kwarteng says “the Business Dept officials would argue in favour of the project….. with French officials”. The French have opposed the project.
However, it has come to light that :-
the Minister for Energy and Growth, Anne-Marie Trevelyan:-
a) accepted £2,500 from Aquind in 2020, from a £10,000 donation to the Northumberland Conservatives.
b) between 2013 and 2015, accepted donations totalling £17,000 from Alexander Temerko made to the Berwick-upon-Tweed Conservative party, when Trevelyan first stood as an MP,
c) Martin Callanan, formerly a non-executive director of Aquind between May 2016 to June 2017, is the Business Department’s Parliamentary Undersecretary and a Conservative peer.
d) Alok Sharma, the UK Government’s former Business Secretary declared a conflict of interests in taking decisions concerning the Aquind project, when it became known he had previously accepted £10,000 from Aquind as donations.
The anticipation is that the project will supply enough electricity for 5 million homes in the UK, but there is nothing to suggest that the people of Portsmouth will benefit from this project.
Portsmouth Council have allocated £250,000 to fight Aquind’s application, citing disruption to local traffic and placing areas of the South Downs national park in threat.
“Aquind would cause untold damage and disruption to Portsmouth with no clear benefits to our local area,” M.P for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan said.
So who will be benefiting?