As old power stations close we need to join new sources of energy to our network, so that electricity continues to be available to us all at the flick of a switch.
One of these new sources of energy is a proposed high-voltage electricity link between Belgium and Richborough near Sandwich in Kent, known as the Nemo Link®. There is no high-voltage National Grid electricity network in the Richborough area, so we will need to build a new connection to join Richborough to our existing network approximately 20km away, near Canterbury. This new project is called the ‘Richborough Connection’.
National Grid applied for consent to build a new 400kV overhead line connection between Richborough and Canterbury. We submitted our Development Consent Order (DCO) application to The Planning Inspectorate on 14 January 2016. June marks the start of the formal six month examination period for the project. Following this the Planning Inspectorate will recommend to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who makes the final decision, if the application should be approved. We expect a decision by June 2017.
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