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$50bn submarine contract goes to Adelaide (and France)

Australia to get nuclear-powered submarines, will scrap $90b program to build French-designed subs

Green option: diesel powered replaced by nuclear designed subs.

by Oui on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 10:11:52 PM EST

Maybe the grieve over the lost submarines makes the French forget how to repair power cables.

by generic on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 08:16:44 AM EST
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At least, Biden remembers Macron's name (hopefully).

Joe Biden calls Scott Morrison 'that fella Down Under' during AUKUS nuclear submarine announcement

It's one of the most significant strategic and defence moves in decades, cementing Australia's alliance with the US and the UK for years to come.

But as Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined the UK's leader Boris Johnson and Joe Biden for a virtual announcement, the US President raised a few eyebrows in Australia.

"Thank you Boris," he said to the UK Prime Minister who had dialled in via video from London.

Then Mr Biden turned to the other screen showing Mr Morrison who had joined from Canberra.

'And I want to thank that, uh, fellow Down Under," he said.

by Bernard on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 08:47:04 AM EST
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Looks more like the fault is wholly England owned 😖 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

The Sellindge converter station was built by GEC and the Les Mandarins converter station was built by CGE Alstom.

Fire blazing at IFA1 interconnector leaves GB grid facing even tighter market and higher prices

A fire at National Grid's IFA1 interconnector site in Sellindge is to see power prices once again spike in the UK as 1GW of capacity drops off the system. The event comes during a difficult time for the UK power market, which is already experiencing intense price pressures.

Grid ESO confirmed to Currents  that it currently has a sufficient buffer of spare capacity to operate the electricity system securely over this evening's peak demand period, EnAppSys warned that the loss of the 2GW IFA1 interconnector - which links the UK with France - will see the market become even tighter. IFA1 has been in operation since 1986, providing a subsea electricity link between the two nations.

While IFA1 was only at half capacity, it was due to return to full import at the weekend, and could see an extended outage as a result of the fire, according to EnAppSys.

EnAppSys' data shows that in the year to date overall average power prices have been over double the average price in 2019-2020, and in the last two weeks daily average prices have been eight times the average in 2019.

There is more ... which country is making all the profit?

Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2 (IFA2), electricity interconnector linking the UK and France in full flow | Jan. 25, 2021 |

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 12:15:15 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 03:32:11 PM EST
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ElecLink: A merchant transmission investment optimising collective value

ElecLink is an electricity interconnector between France and Great Britain, going through the Channel Tunnel, which is expected to be commissioned in 2020. It will generate a capacity of 1,000 MW, increasing the current interconnection exchange capacity by +50% between France and Great Britain.

While almost all other European interconnectors are regulated, ElecLink is a merchant transmission investment, partially exempted from some regulatory requirements.

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 12:17:31 PM EST
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Theresa May questions if Aukus pact could lead to war over Taiwan | The Guardian |

Boris Johnson has been challenged by his predecessor Theresa May as to whether the newly signed Aukus defence pact between the UK, US and Australia could lead to Britain being dragged into a war with China over Taiwan.

The intervention came during a Commons debate on the three-country agreement, under which the US and UK will share sensitive technology with Australia to allow it to develop its first nuclear-powered submarines.

The former British prime minister asked Johnson: "What are the implications of this pact for the stance that would be taken by the United Kingdom in its response should China attempt to invade Taiwan?"

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 03:33:28 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 09:01:55 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Sep 17th, 2021 at 02:11:36 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Sep 20th, 2021 at 09:17:44 AM EST
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France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal | Reuters |

Two weeks ago, the Australian defence and foreign ministers had reconfirmed the deal to France, and French President Emmanuel Macron lauded decades of future cooperation when hosting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in June.

"It's a stab in the back. We created a relationship of trust with Australia and that trust has been broken," Le Drian said.

Relations between Trump and Macron soured during Trump's presidency, and diplomats say there have been concerns in recent months that Biden is not being forthright with his European allies.

Washington's actions in Australia are likely to further strain Transatlantic ties. The European Union was due to roll out its Indo-Pacific strategy later on Thursday and Paris is preparing to take on the EU presidency.

"This is a clap of thunder and for many in Paris a Trafalgar moment," Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director of the Paris-based think tank the Foundation of Strategic Research said on Twitter, referring to a French naval defeat in 1805 that was followed by British naval supremacy.

He said it would "complicate the transatlantic cooperation in and about the region. Beijing will benefit."

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 03:40:46 PM EST
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Incoherent, like Biden.
by StillInTheWilderness on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 02:03:01 PM EST
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'Engaging the systems': The secret only a handful of people were trusted to keep | SMH |

Secretaries Pompeo and Esper Remarks on U.S.-Australia Relations | July 28. 2020 |

by Oui on Mon Sep 20th, 2021 at 06:02:25 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Sep 20th, 2021 at 06:02:58 AM EST
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Relationship Biden vs Macron ... a Trump leftover.

The Empire never forgets!

by Oui on Sun Sep 26th, 2021 at 06:06:17 AM EST
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France deplores 'stab in the back' by Australia over submarines

Defence Minister Florence Parly called Australia's about-face "very bad news with regard to keeping one's word", while adding that France is "clear-eyed as to how the United States treats its allies".

"In terms of geopolitics and international relations, it's serious," she told RFI radio on Thursday.

Parly and Le Drian had already denounced a "regrettable" move by Canberra in a statement overnight, saying it underscored the need to bolster "a European strategic autonomy".

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 03:42:52 PM EST
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Emmanuel Macron tells Scott Morrison  'we're by your side' on China

Emmanuel Macron has declared "we stand by your side" in Australia's ongoing stoush with China, declaring Canberra "central" to regional stability.

The French President made the comments as he welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where the pair discussed Beijing's increasingly assertive posture in the Indo-Pacific.

Transcript PM Morrison visit to OECD HQ Paris

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, how did your discussions go with President Macron around the submarine program and the cost of that?

PRIME MINISTER: It was a very positive discussion we had last night about a whole raft of issues and of course including the contract. We are coming up to important gates in that contract and there have been issues that we have had to address over particularly the last eight months and President Macron and I have a very, very open and very transparent, and very friendly relationship where we can speak candidly to each other about these issues.

Ahh ... there was a Plan B 🤥

JOURNALIST: Did you ask President Macron to take a greater hand in the subs contract and in your meeting with Naval Group, did that leave you with a sense that we do need a Plan B?

PRIME MINISTER: First of all I would say that President Macron has been taking a very active role. He and I have been discussing these issues for some time and he has an open invitation for he and I to raise issues that relate to this contract and we have, consistently. And I appreciate the direct role that he has played in ensuring that we've seen a much-improved position come forward from Naval over the last six months, but there is still a long way to go.

JOURNALIST: Is it true that Naval Group has a September deadline to submit the design work for the next two years and if the Government is not happy in September would you, will you walk away from the contract.

PRIME MINISTER: The Scope Two works, the master schedule, total costs, these are all the next steps. Contracts have gates and that's the next gate.

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 03:47:04 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 08:24:36 PM EST
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Strong ties with New Europe to confront Russian influence ...

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 08:26:39 PM EST
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So Sudden ...

We got along so well, where did it go wrong?

by Oui on Mon Sep 20th, 2021 at 09:20:34 AM EST
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Secretary Blinken's Meeting with French Foreign Minister Le Drian | G7 London - May 4, 2021 |

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian in London on the margins of the G7 Ministerial. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Le Drian discussed long-term security and the need for a democratic transition in Chad following the passing of President Déby. The Secretary and Foreign Minister also affirmed unwavering U.S. and French support for Ukraine's sovereignty and agreed to monitor closely Russia's aggression against Ukraine. Both leaders committed to supporting a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Cameroon and expressed concern over the lack of movement on reforms critical to Lebanese stability.

Oops ... forgot to mention China and security and stability in the Indo-Pacific and key US ally Palau.

    UNSC votes: Let's run through the "no" list, made of up of Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo.
by Oui on Mon Sep 20th, 2021 at 09:21:27 AM EST
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#France has canceled a diplomatic celebration with the #US, which was to be held in Washington, after a deal with the UK and #Australia excluded Paris

Meeting Challenges in the Indo-Pacific and China: French Strategic Perspectives

by Oui on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 08:59:20 PM EST
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