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Saturday, November 23, 2019

News update

We have been operating the Western Link since December 2017 to ensure that the needs of our customers have been met over the winter periods of 2017/18 and 2018/19, and are now pleased to confirm that we have successfully concluded the final stage of the project, which will further secure the energy needs of the UK for at least the next forty years.

As of 22 November 2019, we have completed the final commissioning activities, and by reaching this milestone both SP Transmission and National Grid Electricity Transmission have now formally taken full ownership of the Link.

We have been working hard with our contractor, a Consortium of Siemens and Prysmian, to deliver this highly innovative £1.2bn project. Taking into account the amount of renewable energy both connected and planned to be connected in Scotland, the Western Link will deliver long term benefits in excess of the original needs case to our customers. The link will ensure renewable energy generated in Scotland is transmitted to England and Wales, whilst simultaneously supporting the UK Government’s ambitions of achieving the decarbonisation of our economy, and ultimately net zero carbon emissions.

We will continue to work hard to ensure its long term success and will look to build upon the vital experience we have gained to make certain that the Link reliably continues to play a significant role in the wider UK transmission system, in addition to the 6.6GW Anglo-Scottish boundary transfer capability installed under the RIIO-T1 price control.

This website will close down at the end of the year as part of overall project closure, when the project communications channels will also be closed. Now that the Link is an integrated part of the transmission system any external queries can be made through the usual channels at www.spenergynetworks.co.uk & www.nationalgridet.com

For more information about the construction of the Link click on the Project tab above.

 


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