Major new overhead power line consented across south west England
National Grid has successfully applied for a development consent order (DCO) from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to construct the Hinkley Point C Connection project. The transmission line, which will be approximately 60 kilometres long, will connect new electricity generators in south west England, including the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, to NG s electricity transmission network. The scheme will transmit power from Bridgwater to the Avonmouth substations using new 400kv power lines. Its construction will involve removing approximately 65 kilometres of existing overhead electricity lines. The majority of the new connection will be an overhead line with 8 km going underground through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The DCO was one of the largest to be considered under the Planning Act 2008 regime and involved planning authorities across Somerset and Gloucestershire as well as Bristol City Council. The project will be the first scheme to use the new T-pylon, which resulted from a competition held in 2011 by the Royal Institute of British Architects, DECC and NG to explore the potential for a new generation of pylon design. Energy Minister Lord Bourne said: This is a step forward in the Hinkley Point C project, which will play a crucial part in our plan to provide clean, affordable and secure energy.
Hinkley represents a major boost for the UK and local economy powering nearly six million homes and creating more than 25,000 jobs with a significant number for the people of Somerset.