• Mid Wales Connection: After detailed studies and consultation we have established a draft route for the proposed new connection and a preferred site for the substation
    • Project description

      At National Grid our job is to connect people to the energy they use; from the warmth and light we use in our homes to the power that drives the country’s businesses.

      We are developing the North West Coast Connections (NWCC) project because we need to connect and export the electricity that will be generated by Moorside, the new nuclear power station NuGeneration Ltd is proposing to build near Sellafield in west Cumbria.

      There are existing pylon lines which run around the west coast of Cumbria distributing the electricity used by homes and businesses across the region. Operating at 132kV and below, these lines cannot carry the amount of electricity a power station the size of Moorside will generate.

      This means we need to build a new high voltage connection from Moorside to our existing national electricity transmission system. The closest points on our network where these circuits can connect are over 50 kilometres (31 miles) away from the site.

      Where are we now?

      The connection we’re proposing to build is around 164 kilometres (102 miles) long. It broadly follows the path taken by existing Electricity North West (ENW) pylon lines running around the coast of west Cumbria between Carlisle and the Furness peninsula, before going through a tunnel under Morecambe Bay to Lancashire. The total cost of building our proposed connection will be around £2.8 billion. Approximately £1.9 billion of this is investment all along the route to reduce its potential effect.


      Latest update

      Our formal consultation on our proposals runs from 28 October 2016 until 6 January 2017.  It is your opportunity to continue to influence our proposals for the project. It’s likely to be the last consultation before we apply for consent, so it’s really important that you tell us what you think.

      We will consider feedback we receive to help shape our final proposals before we submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate.


      Further information

      You can find out more about the project by visiting the North West Coast Connections project website. You can contact the team using the project contact details.

    • The Mid Wales Connection is all about connecting proposed wind farms in Powys to the national electricity network in Shropshire.

      In September 2015 DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) announced the outcome of the inquiry into five proposed wind farms in Mid Wales – four of them would have used our proposed connection. DECC refused planning consent for all four and we understand that some of these are appealing the decision.

      There are also other wind farms looking to connect in Mid Wales. We are working with SP Manweb to take a look at all of the proposed wind generation in Mid Wales and the work that is needed to deliver the energy from the wind farms to homes and businesses.

      While decisions and discussions are ongoing, we’ve suspended our work on the project. We realise people will want to know as soon as possible exactly what this means for the Mid Wales Connection project and we’ll update local people as quickly as we can once we know the implications on our proposals.

      If it’s established National Grid’s connection is not needed, we would not progress with our plans.