National Grid has chosen a corridor running overland around the coast of Cumbria and under Morecambe Bay for connecting new sources of electricity from a new nuclear power station near Sellafield.
Work is now getting under way on the next important stage of the project which is to plan the exact line along this corridor option that the connection will take, the technologies that will be used to build it, any other necessary works and the methods that can be used to reduce its impact on the landscape.
The company has chosen the corridor after five years of discussions with key national and regional bodies and thousands of conversations with people during a consultation exercise last autumn.
Moorside will be connected at two points on the existing National Grid network to ensure security of supply. The chosen corridor runs from Harker substation near Carlisle largely following the path of existing low voltage power lines around the Cumbrian coast to Moorside. It then heads from Moorside to the Furness peninsula where it goes under Morecambe Bay to emerge at Middleton substation near Heysham, in Lancashire.
There will be the opportunity for National Grid to take down some existing low voltage power lines owned by Electricity North West and to replace them with its own high voltage ones.
National Grid selected the corridor after listening to peoples’ views at a series of 33 consultation events and considering over 1,200 written responses, including 70 from local authorities and parish councils and 80 from a wide range of other bodies including the Lake District National Park, Friends of the Lake District, Natural England, English Heritage and the Environment Agency.