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North Wales Connection

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  1. North Wales Connection Planning Inspectorate – National Infrastructure Directorate 17 September 2012

  2. Agenda Introductions • Gavin Crook – Lead Project Manager, North Wales Connection • Graham Denison Smith – Senior Consents Officer, North Wales Connection • Steve Knight-Gregson – Principal Specialist Major Projects Current Public Position • Background / engagement to-date • Public Messaging • Project need Project Launch • Strategic options • Preliminary preferred option • Route and Site Options Key project information

  3. North Wales Connection Current Public Position

  4. Project Need Contracted Generation 2GW - 2017/2021 3.6GW – 2020/2022 1GW - 2018

  5. Background / engagement to-date Key Activities to date: • Community Survey (Jun 11) • 1st Statutory engagement Workshop (Jul 11) • Anglesey Show (Aug 10, 11 & 12) • Newsletter Issued (Oct 10 & 11) • 2nd Statutory engagement Workshop (Nov 11) • Route corridor one-2-one’s (Feb 12) • Stakeholder Briefings (Aug\Sept 12) Regular Stakeholder Interfaces • Monthly public drop in events supporting Horizon. • Horizon Public Liaison Group meetings; Presentation to Stakeholders & Interest Groups e.g. National Farmers Union Wales • Energy Island Strategic Forum; strategic, communications, consent and health & safety workstreams. • Bi-annual stakeholder event chaired by DECC. Stakeholders Include; Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), Environment Agency Wales (EAW), Snowdonia National Park, CADW, North Wales County Council Officers, Generators i.e. Horizon, Celtic Array and developers i.e. Land and Lakes, Skerries

  6. Public Messaging • National Grid Business; the electricity network in the UK • National Grids obligations, Electricity Act 1989 duties. ‘To develop an economic, efficient & co-ordinated system of electricity transmission’ • The UK energy challenge • Existing National Grid network in North Wales ‘Currently one double circuit 400kV overhead line between Wylfa and Pentir’ • Technologies in use and available across the network • Connection agreements in place ‘Existing network in North Wales unable to accommodate amount of power proposed’ • Approach to strategic optioneering and consenting ‘We will present information for consultation; proposed in Autumn 2012‘.

  7. North Wales Connection Project Launch

  8. Strategic options

  9. Preliminary preferred option

  10. Corridor Options for Wylfa-Pentir • Consents: • Planning Inspectorate • Consultation Stage One – seeking opinion on: • Findings of SOR • Route and crossing preference • Areas of sensitivity • Consultation process • Subsequent Stages: • Announcement of preferred route corridor • Route alignment consultation • Pre application consultation

  11. Site Options in vicinity of Bryncir • Consents: • Local Planning Approval • Consultation Stage One - seeking opinion on: • Findings of SOR • Substation locations • Key concerns/issues • Consultation process • Subsequent Stages: • Announcement of preferred substation/ public engagement

  12. Cabling across Glaslyn • Consents: • Permitted Development • Consultation Stage One - seeking opinion on: • Findings of SOR • Route corridor and potential route alignment • Issues/concerns • Consultation process • Subsequent Stages: • Announcement of preferred route alignment/public engagement

  13. North Wales Connection Key Project Information

  14. Key project information • Project Name – North Wales Connection • Project Location – Anglesey/Gwynedd • Grid Reference (for PINS website) – Wylfa SubstationSH 35253 93797 • Project Description – Proposed 400kV electricity transmission reinforcements in North Wales to connect planned new nuclear electricity generation on Anglesey and Irish Sea offshore wind • Applicant – National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc • Contact details – • North Wales Connection Communications Team • Freephone number 0800 990 3567 • Email nationalgrid@northwalesconnection.com • Web www.nationalgrid.com/northwalesconnection • First Public Consultation dates – 3rd October 2012 to 21st December 2012 • EIA scoping date – 2013/2014 • DCO submission date – 2015