National Grid to start debate on route of nuclear power station power lines
Last updated at 13:07, Thursday, 17 July 2014
A consultation begins this autumn on the route of high-voltage power lines to carry electricity from a new nuclear power station at Sellafield.
National Grid has been in talks with local authorities and other bodies for five years over route options and has now come up with two firm proposals.
One set of lines would run north, following existing power lines, to Harker near Carlisle.
The wires would be supported by pylons up to 152ft high, spaced 400 yards apart.
A second set would run south down the Cumbrian coast to the Furness Peninsula then through a tunnel under Morecambe Bay to connect to the National Grid at Heysham in Lancashire.
Where the routes follow existing Electricity North West power lines, there might be scope to remove some pylons.
The links would also carry electricity generated by offshore wind farms.
A 12-week consultation begins in September.
Robert Powell, project manager for National Grid, said: “The discussions we’ve had have given us invaluable information, which has helped us develop and refine the options.
“We’re now at a crucial stage of our project. We’re getting ready to share with local communities all the work that we have done to seek their views.
“We promise to listen, learn from what we hear, then seek to develop the project in a way that achieves a balance between meeting future energy needs and protecting the landscape.”
National Grid wants people to register online – at www.northwestcoastconnections.com – to get regular updates and details of the consultation.
Nuclear new build at Sellafield could bring £10bn of investment and create up to 21,000 jobs, including peak on-site employment for 6,000 people. The NuGen consortium, which has an option to build three reactors at Moorside, Sellafield, needs to be sure of the power connection before it gives the final go ahead.
John McNamara, NuGen’s head of communications, told a meeting of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster: “We need new lines to export power – if there is no connection there is no power station. The National Grid will have to take on probably a £2bn to £3bn project themselves to upgrade.
“It will involve two lines going north to Carlisle and two going south to Heysham. They might even have to put a tunnel under Morecambe Bay.
“This would open up a massive north/south electricity connection.”
First published at 13:05, Thursday, 17 July 2014
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Can the route be arranged so as to go via the areas where the residents twined about the impact of a few wind turbines?
@ edd i can get even realer Ed and tell you frances services electric and water are capped by law below inflation they cannot charge excesses,how do they make a profit,they come to the unregulated UK set up plants and charge us excesses,this makes their profit because in this country their are no rules or regulation on prices,the same happens with our railways owned by france and germany we pay excess they make profit which enables the goverment in their countries to subsidise them,this country is being creamed off by foreign owned companies how real is that factual statement for you.when our foreign owned nuclear plants get the go ahead we will see no reduction in prices,we will see increases to pay for it all as it is all private investment and the national grid will have to ship it abroad as a priority,get real britain,investors call this country the Golden Egg because they make so much money out of our lack of rules when it comes to ripping off the UK.
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